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Professional Writing and Communications

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: PW511 Length: 2 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,972.20
  • international: $15,585.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Trevor Arkell, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 73326



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Professional Writing and Communications graduate certificate program provides you with the core transferrable skills that you need to build a successful career in a variety of communications sectors. Building on foundational skills such as storytelling, drafting, editing, research and mechanics, you will become proficient at tasks in demand by today’s workplaces, including media writing, copy editing, proofreading and project management. A culminating work placement will connect you with employers so that you can learn to deploy your skills in a practical setting.

The program supports you as you practise the craft of writing while building a professional portfolio. You will learn how to think strategically in preparation for taking on leadership positions within communications departments or starting your own freelance writing business.

With a focus on writing for different audiences and purposes, as well as using current technologies to maximize the impact of one’s message, you will be well-positioned to enter the workplace with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a professional writer/communications specialist across a variety of sectors.

The program will create a community of writers and support collaboration and critical review, as well as publication.


Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Analyze the elements of storytelling in texts and choose appropriate narrative techniques and forms for a variety of writing projects.

  • Create documents suitable for a diversity of audiences and purposes using advanced linguistic and rhetorical skills.

  • Create documents that adhere to standards of structure/formatting for standard print and electronic forms such as informational articles, reports, blog posts, and web site copy, and strategically repurpose content across these forms.

  • Integrate new communications technologies into an existing media toolkit.

  • Manage a multifaceted editorial project or communications campaign from the planning stages through completion, using a team-oriented, collaborative leadership style.

  • Adapt a consistent, unique writing voice to different platforms and genres.

  • Assess the needs of complex communications campaigns and then select and deploy appropriate strategies to meet those needs, using knowledge of communications theory and audience analysis.

  • Produce and/or edit error-free publications for both print and on-line environments, through the use of grammar and mechanical rules, correct and relevant editorial terminology, and copy-writing and style guides.

  • Analyze the structure and mechanics of a variety of document forms, both electronic and print, and apply substantive, line-level, and copyediting revisions as appropriate.

  • Analyze the media landscape and the range of communications fields to plan ways to navigate the industry and market oneself.

  • Create an online portfolio and social media profile to market writing skills to potential employers and freelance clients.

  • Select suitable and credible research sources for strategic applications to a range of advanced communication challenges.


Work Placement

Students complete a twelve-week work placement beginning in May which allows them to gain valuable practical and professional experience.


Our faculty of industry professionals brings a range of expertise to the program, from journalism to marketing to communications. Click through to read their profiles

Our Students

Our Professional Writing and Communications students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We’re pleased to share some of our students’ profiles.


The Professional Writing and Communications program is delighted to have the following professionals on the program’s advisory committee.

More about PWRT 5900: Internship

For our internship programs, we attempt to secure balanced representation from both public and private sectors that have communications departments and/or use the skills of professional writers. Students do not need to find their own internships.

We have an internship advisor who tries to match students’ interests, skills, and career goals with placement organizations; however, while every student will receive a meaningful work placement that will contribute to their learning and development as professional writers, we cannot guarantee that a student will be placed with their desired organization. The placement process is designed to balance student interests, skill sets, and aptitudes with a placement organization’s need and availability.

Students handle the variety of assignments typical for that workplace, and are mentored to become an active member of that team. They will be involved in tasks such as writing, editing, revising, research, team meetings, and other duties as required by their internship supervisor. The program’s Professionalism Skills: Internship Preparation course prepares students for their internship. If a student has a particular interest in an organization, they are invited to provide the details to our internship advisor.

Internships are principally located in the Greater Toronto Area. We work to set up internships that pay either a competitive wage, a stipend, or an honorarium. While a few internships are unpaid, they provide a challenging and creative experience in competitive sectors.


Professional Writing and Communications Specialist Entrance Scholarship

One entrance scholarship is available. The deadline for applications is September 30. For more information about how to apply, please see

Scholarship Value: $1000

Academic Excellence Award in Professional Writing and Communications

This annual award is presented to the graduate of the Professional Writing and Communications Postgraduate Program who has achieved the highest overall GPA.

Award Value: $500

Excellence in Professional Writing

This annual award is presented to a graduate of the Professional Writing and Communications Postgraduate Program who has demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership in the program.

Award Value: $500

Program Overview

Is Our Program Right For You?

You are probably someone who enjoys reading and has never minded the writing assignments you’ve been required to complete on your educational path so far. You should be creative minded, detail oriented, and enjoy not only writing but also drafting and revising. You’re probably the one that your friends already call on to look over a document and make sure the wording is just right, because your feedback is always constructive but sharp.

Joining the World of Professional Writing

In today's increasingly text-based world, writing is everywhere. Yet not everyone can create documents with both accuracy and readability. Your job as a writer is to become very good at language skills such as grammar, style, and mechanics. Since the writing career can be very versatile, communications directors are looking for writers with solid knowledge of the foundations of writing and editing who can quickly learn the subject matter of their businesses.

Career Overview

Graduates of this program may find employment in the following areas:

  • Communications coordinator
  • Freelance writer
  • Web copywriter
  • Editor
  • Social media coordinator
  • Report writer
  • Proposal writer

This is a post-graduate certificate. You must already have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a university or college.

Your Career

Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study.

According to the Conference Board of Canada, the ability to communicate tops the list of essential employability skills that employers require. The ability to read carefully, write effectively and think critically provides the foundation to get, keep and progress on a job.

Graduates are able to find employment in a variety of service industries such as finance, hospitality and health services, as well as in government, not-for-profit organizations, corporate communications, and publishing and digital media.


We look forward to receiving applications for September 2017.

To learn more about the program, please contact Beth, our Student Advisor, at

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