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Professional Writing & Communication Graduate Certificate

Developed for working writers and those interested in learning more about professional writing and communication before entering the MA program, this certificate program provides practical coursework that introduces you to the field of professional writing and communication while also offering field-experience tailored to your professional setting. As a student, you will gain new skills that help position you for advancement in your education and/or in your current field.

In this 12-credit program, you will:

  • Expand your writing skills
  • Receive hands-on instruction in new technologies
  • Build a greater awareness of audience
  • Develop strategies for effective communications

Advantages of a Professional Writing & Communication Certificate

Our 12-credit certificate helps you enhance your skills and credentials in professional writing. It is designed to help you:

  • See if the MA in Professional Writing and Communication is a good fit for you
  • Get a promotion
  • Make a career change
  • Land new opportunities in freelance work, editing, and consulting

University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300-600 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required.
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. The Duolingo test is not accepted for the following programs: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, Marine Science and Technology (MS, PSM, PhD), Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Portuguese Studies, Professional Writing and Communication, Psychology (ABA, Clinical, Research), Public Policy, and Teaching (MAT).

Program-specific requirements

Candidates must submit the required application materials, university requirements and program-specific requirements, for consideration. 

Program deadlines