Bachelor of Arts (Public and Professional Writing) - minor subject only

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
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Get a headstart in any career

Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Public Writing) minor will give you essential workplace skills, whatever your major.

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What is it like?

A Bachelor of Arts (Public and Professional Writing) minor will give you the practical, discipline-focused writing skills you need to succeed in a variety of working environments.

Be an asset to any organisation

All professional fields require advanced proficiency in writing. Yet many organisations struggle with producing clear written communication. With the skills you’ll gain from a minor in public and professional writing, you’ll be a welcome addition to any workplace. Your ability to frame the debate and direct your organisation’s communications towards the realisation of its vision will be highly valued.

Adapt your writing for different audiences and purposes

Engage in an intensive analysis of public and professional writing styles and literacies, and practise writing for both digital and print environments. Explore areas such as writing for the public, online publishing, technical writing and creative non-fiction. This minor will give you key skills in collaboration, communicating specialised knowledge to both general and professional audiences, and the accurate and effective presentation of visual and textual data. You’ll get the skills to translate your disciplinary knowledge into effective public documents.

Get transferable skills

A minor in public and professional writing gives you transferable skills in written communication that employers from both the public and private sectors find invaluable. No matter what your degree or major, you’ll benefit from developing your skills in public and professional writing.

Be an active citizen

Using writing to engage in public debates and to make sense of complex information is crucial for active citizenship. You’ll learn about the principles of writing as a form of civic engagement that enables you to contribute to your community and help decision-makers.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in learning different writing styles
  • Have a desire to write for the public or business sectors
  • Want to develop transferable writing skills


Massey’s BA (Public and Professional Writing) minor is highly relevant to the labour market. Graduates with strong literacy skills and the ability to engage with and interpret data and research are in high demand by employers. This minor will help you advance in the following industries:

  • Local/central government
  • Management
  • Technical writing
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Print publishing
  • E-publishing
  • Web content management
  • Editing
  • Education

Lecturer profile

David Gruber

Senior Lecturer in Technical and Professional Writing

David Gruber teaches Technical Writing (139.246), Written Communication for Information Sciences (119.177) and Social Media and Digital Cultures (154.311). His research explores how scientific findings are written and interpreted. He is also interested in how technical documents incorporate images and are shaped by new media technologies. 

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