Professional Writing Graduate Certificate

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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :CRT
Department : Writing and Rhetoric Option : N/A
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The Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing offers professionals opportunities to develop and improve communication skills vital to advancing in the workplace.


This flexible five-course sequence of graduate study includes two required core courses and allows students to choose three electives from the list below. Students will also complete an electronic writing portfolio before graduation.
Total Credit Hours Required:
15 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—6 Credit Hours

  • ENC 5337 Rhetorical Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5237 Writing for the Business Professional (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Choose three courses from the following list.

  • ENC 5225 Theory and Practice of Document Usability (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5276 Writing/Consulting: Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5705 Theory and Practice in Composition (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5930 Current Topics in Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6216 Editing Professional Writing (3 credit hours)*
  • ENC 6217 Technical Editing (3 credit hours)*
  • ENC 6247 Proposal Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6257 Graphics in Technical Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6261 Technical Writing, Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6292 Project Management for Technical Writers (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6296 Computer Documentation (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6297 Production and Publication Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6306 Persuasive Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6332 Gendered Rhetoric (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6333 Contemporary Rhetoric and Composition Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6335 Rhetorical Tradition (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6338 The Rhetorics of Public Debate (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6339 Rhetorical Movements (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6425 Hypertext Theory and Design (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6428 Rhetoric of Digital Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6429 Teaching Writing with Computers (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6945 Community Literacy Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6712 Studies in Literacy and Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6245 Teaching Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6740 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 5009 Methods of Bibliography and Research (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 5137 Linguistics (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 5675 English Grammar and Usage (3 credit hours)

*Note: Due to their similarity, students can apply either ENC 6216 or ENC 6217 to this program of study. Students cannot use both for elective credit for this program.

Electronic Writing Portfolio

Students will complete an electronic writing portfolio before filing for graduation. This portfolio must be approved by the program director and must include three exemplary projects, each from a different course. A page analyzing the rhetorical situation should accompany each project.

Exit Survey

Students should complete the Exit Survey at the end of their program if they would like to receive a certificate of program completion in addition to their grade audit.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Successful applicants will have received a grade of "A" or "B" in an upper-division writing intensive course. All applications require the following in order to be reviewed:

  •  An application to the graduate certificate program
  •  Official transcripts
  •  A statement of academic intent

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance and the applicant's potential for completing the certificate.

Application Deadlines

Professional Writing Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jul 15Nov 1Mar 30
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.