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Students must complete 15 credits of course work. The Certificate will be awarded when students achieve the following:

  • Complete 15 credits in any combination of courses in English and Communication that the Certificate Coordinator preapproves.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the courses that apply to the Certificate

With the consent of the Certificate Coordinator (Rachel Spilka) and subject to the Graduate School transfer policy, students who have completed appropriate courses for graduate credit at other institutions may transfer up to three credits into the Certificate Program, provided that the courses were completed within the last five years with a grade of B or better.

Students may take classes online or in person. Some of the current, regularly offered courses are:

  • Social Media (Eng 431)
  • Grant Writing (Eng 434)
  • Document Design (Eng 439)
  • Technical Editing ( Eng 444)
  • Rhetoric, Writing, and Information Technology (Eng 709)
  • Advanced Project Management for Professional Writers (Eng 710)
  • Designing and Developing Communication Training Interventions (Commun 627)
  • Studies of Communication in Organizations (Commun 810)
  • Seminar in Mediated Communication (Commun 813)
  • Seminar in Small Group Communication (Commun 823)
  • Seminar in Programs of Adult Communication (Commun 827)
  • Other online and face-to-face courses in both English and Communication will be available as well.

Time Limit
Students must complete all requirements for the Certificate within 3 years of their initial enrollment.

Tuition and Fees
UWM's Business and Financial Services publishes the latest tuition and fees schedule at Online distance education courses are not charged the "Segregated Fee" for Student Union services, but UWM charges an additional online fee of $275 extra per course. See for more information.

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