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Advancing Careers with Professional Communication Skills

The Professional Writing and Communication Graduate Certificate is designed for post-baccalaureate students seeking professional training and education to advance their careers.

Benefits for Certificate Graduates

1 A Competitive Advantage

Certificate graduates can compete more effectively for writing and communication jobs within their own company and new careers elsewhere.

2 Quick & Inexpensive Credentials

The Certificate offers a quick and inexpensive way to gain credentials–five courses can be done in less than a year at a relatively low price compared to other graduate program options.

3 Real-World Experiences

Client projects and/or internships can add real-world writing experiences to your resume and workplace-appropriate writing samples to your job portfolio.

4 An Avenue to Specialization

The Certificate allows you to make a more informed decision about specializing in the field of professional writing and communications by pursuing an MA or PhD.

About the Certificate

The Certificate is a joint offering by the Professional Writing Program in the Department of English and the Department of Communication. It is a popular option for anyone seeking academic credentials and will qualify graduates to compete for jobs involving writing or communication or for advancement opportunities at their current places of employment. See here for more information on Certificate requirements and Certificate courses.


We offer our students opportunities to develop credentials that will position them to compete for new writing and communication careers or qualify for internal promotions.

Online Options

It’s possible to complete all the Certificate courses online, but many students also choose to take both online and face-to-face courses to complete their Certificate.

Apply Now

Applications deadlines for fall admission are December 15 (early decision) and April 15 of each year. However some students choose to begin coursework at the start of spring, summer, or fall semesters.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The Professional Writing and Communication Program is subject to gainful employment regulations.

See: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information.

What is the typical Certificate student like?

There is no single “typical” certificate student, but many of our students are:

  • BA/BS graduates in a major other than English or Communication with little or no related work experience in writing who are seeking a change in their job or career.
  • Happy with their current employer, but hoping to qualify for more writing and communication responsibilities or for promotional opportunities that might involve project management, assessment, training, and other activities that require writing or communications experience.
  • Seeking specialized and current instruction in writing or communication to qualify for more jobs or assist their employer in keeping up with current technologies, concepts, and standards in professional writing or communication.