Professional Writing Graduate Certificate

About the Program

RU | Certificate | Online – The Professional Writing Graduate Certificate is an online program that can be completed in one calendar year when the courses are taken consecutively. It’s designed to help working professionals and graduate students strengthen their professional, technical, business, and digital writing skills and stay competitive in the workforce.

Courses & Requirements

13 credit hours

To earn the certificate, students must complete:

  • ENGL 607: Business Writing and Editing (offered Fall semester; 3 credits)
  • ENGL 608: Professional and Technical Writing (offered Spring semester; 3 credits)
  • ENGL 609: Writing in Digital Spaces (offered Summer 1; 3 credits)
  • ENGL 610: Proposal and Grant Writing (offered Summer 2; 3 credits)
  • ENGL 612: Electronic Writing Portfolio (offered Maymester, Augustmester, and Wintermester as needed; 1 credit)

The first 4 courses, ENGL 607, 608, 609, and 610 can be taken in any order. ENGL 612: Electronic Portfolio Writing serves a capstone or culminating learning experience. Therefore, ENGL 612 must be taken as the final course in the sequence.

With an emphasis on problem-solving, the 5 courses provide students with opportunities to apply writing, editing, and design strategies to produce print and digital documents for a wide range of organizational contexts and audiences. Upon completion of the Professional Writing certificate program, students will have online writing portfolio that can be used to support the job search or promotion processes.

Cost & Financial Aid

Non Degree Seeking Students

As a general rule, those who are admitted as a non-degree seeking student are not eligible for financial aid.  Federal regulations do require a student to be working towards a degree to be eligible to receive financial aid funds. There are two exceptions to this regulation, if you are enrolled in an initial required teacher certification program for the state in which you will teach, or if you are taking prerequisite coursework required for admission to a degree program at Radford University. If you think you may qualify for financial aid under one of these circumstances, please submit the recommended paperwork to the financial aid office for review.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

As a student of Radford University, you will have access to:

How to Apply

Students can apply to and enter the program on a nearly year-round basis.

Criteria for admission into the Professional Writing Graduate Certificate for students not currently enrolled at Radford University are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Official transcripts from all institutions from which the applicant has earned a degree or course credit following a degree conferral
  • An official application completed and submitted with a nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • A 500-word statement of interest in the certificate program
  • A TOEFL minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, 79-80 on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test; or an IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (for international students)

Criteria for admission into the certificate program for students already enrolled in other post-baccalaureate degree or certificate programs at Radford University are:

  • An official application completed and submitted with a nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • A 500-word statement of interest in the certificate program
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the Professional Writing Graduate Certificate.

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