Online Graduate Certificate

Overview: Technical Writing Certificate

The online Technical Writing graduate certificate program reaches out to working professionals who want to develop their skill base to gain employment in the growing Technical Writing field. Learning how to plan write, manage, and edit professional documents will enhance students' chances for employment in business and industry.

In this four-course, online graduate certificate program, students learn to create user-friendly documents in a variety of media within the cultures of business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Students will also develop professional editing strategies and practices to use when editing the work of clients.

Program graduates are employed in the following fields and roles:

  • Technical Writers
  • Editors
  • Copy Writers
  • Independent Contractors
  • English Language Teachers, Public and Postsecondary

Requirements

This four-course, online graduate certificate program in Technical Writing is for students who want to learn new skills, but who do not require a degree. Students will complete 12 hours of graduate level coursework.

Core Courses

Practical application of technical writing in industry, business, and the sciences. Uses workshop approach. Extra fee. Approved for Distance Ed.

Resources and current research in the field of technical writing. Development of skills, awareness of reference and research tools relevant to technical communication.

Practical application of technical editing in industry, business, and the sciences. Uses workshop approach. Extra fee. Approved for Distance Ed.

A survey of ethical issues in technical communication. Includes the study of Codes of Ethics for technical communicators and their influence on the profession of technical communication. Study of ethical situations which affect technical communicators providing information globally. Approved for Distance Ed.

                                        Testimonials                                            

Having already spent a dozen years working on international business projects, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Technical Writing Certificate program. I would not be disappointed. Professors were both accessible and challenging, opening my eyes to a whole new way of looking at technical communication—especially in an international context. I thought I knew enough, but these classes at BGSU showed me how much my technical documents could improve.

—Matthew Meyers
Application Developer, Telecommunications Industry

When I researched educational opportunities in technical writing and discovered that my alma mater, BGSU, had a distance-learning program, I immediately signed up. The course study was very informative … and has opened my eyes to writing opportunities I never realized were out there. The online courses were just the ticket, and the knowledge I gained about written and oral communication have already proven invaluable in my current job.

—Brenda Cole
Systems and Communications Vice President, National News and Information Industry.
President Alabama STC Chapter

I recommend this program to anyone needing to further their job possibilities. More and more colleges and universities are requiring technical communication in their degree requirements. It has opened my eyes to a lot of things I never thought I could do—given me more confidence.

—Marlene Wrasman
Technical Writer

How to Apply

1. Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

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Note: All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75. All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. There is a non-refundable application fee.

2. Submit Transcripts and Test Scores

As part of the online application process, you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College. GRE General Test scores are required of all applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing. You will report scores within the application system. For information visit the Educational Testing Service website.

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information visit the Educational Testing Service website.

Request that transcripts (and test scores, if applicable) be sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

3. Letters of Recommendation

As part of the online application process, you will request three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should come from instructors who have taught you within the past three years, from employers, or from other individuals qualified to evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. You will submit names and email addresses within the application system and the system will contact recommenders and give them directions for submitting their letters of recommendation. Before completing this step in the application, please communicate with your recommenders and confirm their agreement to write letters of recommendation.

Please contact the program advisor for more information.

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Students who participate in this Certificate program will be certified for employment in various occupations. View the Gainful Employment Disclosure to learn more about program costs as well as employment opportunities that students may pursue upon graduation.