Professional Writing Graduate Certificates

The Departments of English and Communication jointly offer a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Communication. This certificate is tailored for students beyond the B.A. level who seek professional training and education to advance their careers.


Name: Mark Grass
Degree: Certificate 2012
Employment: Symmetrix Software, Inc.
Position: Manager, Software Solutions/IT Project Manager

"The coursework was demanding and challenging, but the return on investment has been well worth it. It was a huge personal accomplishment to obtain my Certificate while working full-time."


In order for students to complete the Certificate, they must must complete 15 credits of coursework within 3 years of their initial enrollment.

Online Availability

All courses students need to take for the Certificate are available online. Students may also take a combination of online and face-to-face courses.

Innovative Curriculum

The Certificate offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that enables students to develop exceptionally strong writing and communication skills in the following areas:

  • Professional and technical writing
  • Information development
  • Document design
  • Communication across organizations and technical operations
  • Communication theory and organizational communication
  • Group communication and teamwork
  • User interface design and web design
  • Instructional design and training program development
  • Project management
  • Technical editing
  • Usability testing
  • Technical skills (such as HTML, XML, and scripting languages)
  • Writing in social media and emerging technologies
  • Research and information management

Students will practice writing---both individually and collaboratively---and will apply theory to practice as they gain experience in actual off-campus projects.

Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Professional Writing

Contact Dr. Rachel Spilka for more information regarding the Certificate program, advisement appointments, or other general questions.

How to Apply

Click here for more information on how to apply to the Certificate program.

Financial Aid and Gainful Employment Notice

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any Title IV eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Please visit this link for more information:http://www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/EligConsInfo/gainfulemployment.cfm