Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Writing

Dr. Kavita Surya, Coordinator

Kavitasurya@clayton.edu

Professional Writing, Advanced Certificate

The Professional Writing post-baccalaureate certificate will provide students with skills in writing for today’s complex workplace environments. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, written communication skills rank highly in desirable attributes for prospective employers in 2021, with almost three-quarters of employer respondents (73.4%). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021) also predicts a higher-than-average growth rate for technical writing positions from 2020 – 2030.

Students will prepare for careers as professional or technical writers, or enhance writing, editing, design, and collaborative abilities needed for other positions by achieving the following outcomes:

  • Compose in a variety of professional writing genres for diverse audiences
  • Acquire expertise in designing digital and print texts
  • Engage in meaningful collaborations to write, edit, and design texts
  • Develop a portfolio of professional writing texts to share with employers

Program Requirements

  • The certificate is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited international institution.
  • Students will complete an application form from the School of Graduate Studies at Clayton State University.
  • Students will be required to complete 15 course credit hours from a select menu of courses.
  • The certificate is offered 100% online and can be completed in one year. These credits may not include any required graduate courses in students’ degree programs. Electives in students’ graduate degree program may count toward the certificate.
  • Since students in the program are considered non-degree seeking, financial aid is not available. 
  • Students are expected to observe School of Graduate Studies and University Graduate Rules, Regulations and Academic Policies. Students are expected to maintain Good Academic Standing, which is defined as a minimum institutional GPA of 3.0.
Required Courses6
ENGL 5900 - Foundations of Professional Writing
ENGL 5045 - Digital and Multimedia Writing
Electives (Choose three courses from the following):9
ENGL 5230 - Grammar for Professional Writers
ENGL 5910 - Professional Editing
ENGL 5050 - Advanced Document Design
ENGL 5650 - Writing for Non-Profits
ENGL 5240 - Grant Proposal Writing
Writing Creative Nonfiction
Total Credit Hours15