Professional Writing Certificate Program

Professional Writing Certificate Program

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Interested in improving your writing and communication skills?  The Professional Writing Certficate Program (PWCP) aims to provide rapid transition to new skills with special emphasis on practical course work tailored to your work setting, situation, and community. The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing helps professionals and business people enhance their skills and credentials in professional writing.

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Application requirements

Students with at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning may submit an abbreviated application that includes:

  1. Current official transcript(s) from colleges or universities attended.
  2. A three-page statement describing the applicant's writing and professional background and goals for the program.
  3. A Certificate Program Application (pdf).

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Graduate Certificate Requirements

Certificate-seeking students must earn 12 credits (4 courses) from among the offerings in the graduate professional writing program curriculum.  You may have the option of taking an internship as one of your courses.

The Certificate Program is a curricular subset of the Master's in Professional Writing (MPW). Students in the Certificate Program take MPW courses taught by MPW faculty. They select courses in any one of the following areas:

  • technical writing
  • business writing
  • public relations
  • journalism
  • grant writing
  • electronic publishing

The Certificate program is designed to help you prepare for:

  • promotion
  • career change
  • specialty change within current organizations
  • new opportunities in free-lance work, editing, and consulting.

The specific program goals include:

  • developing and expanding writing skills demanded in professional settings and the larger publishing world
  • providing hands-on instruction in new technologies such as Web development and document design
  • building awareness of audience, markets, and current standards of publishing professionalism
  • developing practical strategies for purposeful, effective communications that fit specific circumstances and client needs
  • writing for publication and distribution in real professional contexts