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Technical/Professional Writing, Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Technical/Professional prepares students for careers that combine strong communication skills with technical expertise.  Students explore the relationships among language, writing, and computing technologies.  This program is specifically designed to prepare students for the challenges encountered in today’s rapidly changing, technologically global society.

With a Technical/Professional Writing background students find careers in:

  • computing-related industries, software and hardware
  • engineering communication
  • environmental communication
  • government
  • medicine
  • other scientific or technical fields

As a technical writer, students are called upon to research, write, test, design or edit technical information for a variety of audiences, including:

  • software and hardware documentation
  • grants and proposals
  • electronic multi-media presentations
  • websites
  • training materials

In addition to strong communication skills, technical writers must know a variety of computer applications, including word processing, web design software, page layout applications, online help authoring software, and hypertext mark-up language (HTML).

Admission Requirements

Students must apply for admission to the Graduate School and must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Applicants will be required to submit: 1) a current GRE score; 2) a current MAT score; or 3) a portfolio of professional-level documents. Only graduate courses taken at UNC Charlotte will count towards this Graduate Certificate.

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Technical/Professional Writing is designed for post-baccalaureate, graduate, and post-graduate students.  Students can complete the required 15 graduate credit hours in approximately 1-2 years. 

Certificate Total = 15 Credit Hours

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