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Careers and Placement for Professional Writing Masters Graduates

As digital media and global communications continue to grow, so does demand for qualified professional writers: those who can clearly convey an organization’s image and messages, both internally and externally for stakeholders and members of the public.

The M.A. in Professional Writing (MAPW) program has a 99%+ placement rate in communications jobs across corporate, government and university sectors.


Alumni Spotlight: Annie Rucker

Class of 2018
Environmental Science Communicator at 
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

"All of the courses I took as an MAPW have helped tremendously in my new career. The courses were a good mix of fundamentals, such as Style, Grammar, Web Design, and Document and Information Design, while also allowing me to take specialized courses like Environmental Rhetoric and Smart Cities. In my current role, I create a lot of infographics and work with web designers to produce our annual year in review, in addition to managing an online platform and our website. My experiences as an intern and as a graduate research assistant have also prepared me for my current role⁠—from interviewing subject matter experts and managing social media accounts to conducting research and collaborating with large teams. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of my time as an MAPW were the connections I created, who have provided support, advice, and friendship along the way." 


Recent Jobs (2012 - 2022)

  • Communications Specialist, American Chemical Society
  • Content Designer, Autodesk
  • Creative Writer, Carnegie
  • Marketing Manager, Zogo
  • Technical Product Writer, GRIN
  • Technical & Creative Copywriter, TeeTurtle
  • Copywriter, Nexus Marketing
  • Medical Writer, Allegheny Health Network 
  • Technical Writer, Uber
  • Technical Writer, Google
  • Technical Writer/Editor, Ball Aerospace 
  • Content Writer & Researcher, Mondato
  • Environmental Science Communicator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Technical Writer, ServiceNow 
  • Ebook Production Assistant, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Technical Writer, LinkedIn
  • Technical Publications Specialist, ProActive Technologies, Inc.
  • Consultant/Instructional Design, TiER1 Performance
  • Writer (Office of Communications), New York University 
  • Marketing Associate, NBS Scientific USA
  • Legal Writer (Immigration Law), May Law Group
  • Content/Technical Writer, Fitbit
  • Technical Writer, Salesforce
  • Technical/Proposal Writer, Advanced Software Systems, Inc. (ASSYST) 
  • Technical Writer, Ferguson Enterprises
  • Copywriter and Social Media Specialist, Beyond Spots & Dots
  • Technical Writer, Thermo Fisher Scientific 
  • Communications Specialist, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Communications Assistant, Genetics Society of America
  • Digital Product Manager, PNC
  • Senior Communications Specialist, PNC
  • Product Content Strategist, Sentric, Inc. 
  • Technical Writer, Aurora Tech
  • Technical Writer & Project Support Specialist, J.P. Systems, Inc
  • Communications Specialist, Covestro
  • Technical Publications Professional, Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
  • Technical Writer, High Fidelity, Inc.
  • Senior Technical Writer, Salesforce
  • Marketing Coordinator and Sanction Screening and Reporting Analyst, Strategic Management Services, LLC 
  • Marketing Content Specialist, Clearview Federal Credit Union
  • Head of Brand Marketing, Jumprope 
  • Lecturer and English Language Specialist, University of Maryland
  • Senior Strategy Analyst, UPMC
  • Project Manager, PowerTrain
  • Legal Writing Specialist, Hudson Legal
  • Communications Marketing Specialist, Allegheny Health Network 
  • Technical Writer, Oracle 
  • Senior Technical Writer, Autodesk
  • Portfolio Manager and Analyst, Corry Capital Advisors
  • Technical Writer and Professional Communicator, Epic Systems
  • Associate News Editor, Captivate 
  • Investment Analyst,
  • Writer/Editor & Project Manager, Association of Community Cancer Centers
  • Customer Success Manager, dapulse 
  • Marketing and Public Relations Director, Ashtabula Arts Center
  • Internal Communications Senior Specialist, Aon
  • Corporate Communications Specialist, Industrial Scientific
  • Senior Regulatory Labeling Specialist, PRA Health Sciences
  • SEO Stategist, Fathom
  • Visual Designer, Cloudberry Creative
  • Marketing Copywriter, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
  • Poetry Editor, LIght: A Journal of Photography and Poetry
  • Assistant Editor, HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Content Strategist, Highmark Health 
  • Information Architect, Ally Bank
  • Senior Technical Editor, Federal Reserve Board
  • Journals Assistant Editor, Genetics Society of America
  • Technical Publication Professional, Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
  • UX Writer and Content Strategist, Red Hat
  • Lead Technical Writer, Salesforce
  • UX Writer, Spotify
  • Senior HR M&A Communications Specialist, Intel
  • Law Clerk, JONES DAY 
  • Communications Coordinator, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington 
  • Senior Technical Writer, LinkedIn
  • Senior Corporate Communications Analyst, Highmark
  • Senior Technical Writer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Lead Associate (Communication and Change Management),  Willis Towers Watson 
  • Multiplatform Editor, The Washington Post
  • Employee Communications Specialist, Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • Coordinator (Global Marketing & Communications),  Deluxe Entertainment Services Group 
  • Writer and Content Strategist, Direct Energy Business