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Professional and Technical Writing - Certificate

Fall Deadlines

Standard Deadline: March 15, 2024

Spring Deadlines

Standard Deadline: October 15, 2024

Summer Deadlines

Standard Deadline: February 01, 2024

Application Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Program-Specific Instructions

Additional Information

Application to Certificate Program Only

The submitted goals statement should be 750 - 1000 words and describe particular areas of interest within a chosen concentration. Read More.

Applicants are required to send in the names and email addresses (via the online application) of the two individuals who will be submitting the required letters of recommendation. The recommendations should be academic, rather than professional or personal Read More

Applicants should submit a 1,500 to 2,000-word writing sample (uploaded online) of literary analysis. Read More.

Applicants to the certificate in professional and technical writing are encouraged to submit a portfolio (uploaded online) that showcases nonacademic/workplace writing. Applicants should submit a 10-15 page portfolio of their nonfiction work such as technical or business reports, editing projects, or any other materials reflecting interests and skills in nonfiction writing. The portfolio should include 2-3 samples of writing oriented to the applicant's professional or educational interests. The admissions committee would prefer to see at least one sample of professional or technical writing (newswriting, report, feature article, instructions, web design, etc.) but any piece that has a clear audience and rhetorical purpose is acceptable. On a cover sheet, discuss the audience and purpose of the writing sample. The cover sheet should be uploaded with the portfolio.

Application to Certificate Program as a Secondary Program

Applicants to the graduate certificate in professional and technical writing who are already accepted or enrolled in a degree program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences must submit a Graduate Secondary Certificate Program Application.

All students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university are eligible to apply.

International students with F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status are advised to refer to the University Catalog's Admission of International Students to learn more about policies relating to full-time status and time limits.