Professional Writing and Communication

Professional Writing and Communication

About the Program

Professional Writing and Communication (PWC) graduates are critical thinkers and flexible, reflective writers and editors who apply their knowledge of rhetoric and language across a range of academic disciplines and professional practices. Students examine the way written and oral communication work in professional, academic, artistic, personal and public settings. Program courses emphasize the multicultural, multi-modal and team-oriented character of professional writing practice. Workshop-style classes give PWC students experience with creative nonfiction, cross-cultural communications, and research-based writing.


Honours Bachelor of Arts

Program Options

Major, Minor

After completing your first year, you'll be asked to confirm what program(s) you wish to study – your Programs of Study. They can be integrated in unique ways to obtain your U of T degree, but must be one of the following three combinations: one Specialist; or two Majors; or one Major and two Minors. You don't need to worry about that now, but if you'd like to learn more about this process, watch our handy video (7 min).

Admission Requirements

You apply to an admission category, which is a collection of similar programs. Once you've accepted an offer of admission to our campus, we go into greater detail about specific program and course selection options.

At the end of your first year, you will choose your program(s), which means that your first year is an excellent opportunity to explore the full breadth of offerings.

Regardless of what you study, remember that you will receive a prestigious University of Toronto degree when you graduate that tells everyone that you are ranked among the best in the world!

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Program Course Prerequisites
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Approximate Competitive Average
Mid to High 70s

The admission average is calculated with English (ENG4U) plus the next best five Grade 12 U or M courses. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee you admission to the University. Admission is subject to space availability and competition.

The content in this section is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum.

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Please visit the Admissions section of our site for full requirements.

Discover Your Potential

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When Reem El-Ajou (HBA, ‘20) graduated in the middle of a pandemic, she didn’t expect to see her alma mater again so soon. The U of T Mississauga grad is back on campus, where she is playing an important role supporting the largest mass public vaccination initiative in Canadian history.

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Whether revealing the true identity of an anonymous columnist or unearthing the origins of a renowned theatre program, student journalists are preserving U of T Mississauga history, one story at a time. Now those stories live on in the 2020 edition of Compass, a journal produced by students in UTM’s Professional Writing and Communication (PWC) program.

Student Experience

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This course examines principles and practices in journalistic investigation and writing, and provides an introduction to the main socio-political issues related to contemporary journalism.


This course offers the skills and techniques needed to script, record and publish podcasts to the Web. Students will design and carry out original primary research to script, edit and produce independent podcasts.


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Planning Ahead

Whether you want to land your dream job, conduct groundbreaking research, or start your own business, we can get you there. Here are resources to help you explore your career options.

Career Options

Created by our Career Centre, the Careers by Major database identifies some potential career fields, how to gain related skills and experience, and useful resources and job samples. But always remember, your program of study doesn't have to determine your career!

Program Plans

Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

Tip Sheets

The Career Centre offers dozens of tip sheets with helpful information about topics related to searching for work, planning your career, and pursuing further education.

View to the U: An eye on UTM research

View to the U is a podcast that features U of T Mississauga faculty members from a range of disciplines who will illuminate some of the inner-workings of the science labs and enlighten the social sciences and humanities hubs at UTM.

Neda Maghbouleh and Jasmine Rault

The guests on this edition of VIEW to the U are University of Toronto Mississauga Professors Neda Maghbouleh and Jasmine Rault. Neda and Jasmine define and explore their particular studies, covering topics such as race, immigration, ethics, place, sexuality, archives and digital humanities.

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