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Degree Options & Requirements

The Professional Writing Program offers full and part-time degree programs leading to an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, which requires the successful completion of 120 credits. The program also offers a Specialized Honours 120-credit degree, which combines a study of English and Professional Writing.

The Professional Writing Program is designed on a cohort model that requires students to complete each set of year-level requirements in order, both to build the necessary foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare them for the expectations and assignments for the next level of the program, and to create a sense of community among the ENPR and PRWR students who will be your colleagues and supports throughout the program.

Combined Degree Programs

Honours Double Major, or Honours Major/Minor Option

Professional Writing can be combined as an Honours Double Major, or as the major in an Honours Major/Minor program, with most other disciplines in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. You can also combine Professional Writing as an Honours Double Major or Major/Minor program with the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Science or Engineering.

Second Major or a Minor

Professional Writing students are encouraged to consider a second Major or a Minor in order to gain knowledge and background in a particular subject that will serve as a valuable complement to the understanding and skills gained through the Professional Writing Program.

Honours BA

Students must pass at least 120 credits meeting the Faculty's requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.



The 90-credit BA in Professional Writing is a delayed entry program. Students planning to apply to the program must have been admitted to the Honours degree program in Professional Writing and have completed at least 24 credits at York.

Students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00.


Honours Minor

The Honours Minor BA program may be combined with any approved Honours BA program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Minor credits: students must take at least 30 credits in WRIT and/or PRWR, including:

  • six credits from 1000-level courses;
  • six credits from 2000-level courses, including PRWR 2006 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing;
  • six credits from 3000-level courses;
  • six credits from 4000-level courses;
  • six credits from any program course.