College of Arts & Sciences

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Program Summary

Application Dates: 12/9/2018
04/7/2019
Start Dates: 01/9/2019
05/7/2019
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $685

Jeffrey Rice

Chair

DGC

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies

1353 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

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Make your writing matter. Enhance your written and visual communication skills with a graduate certificate in Professional and Technical Writing. Develop the expertise to write legal briefs, edit technical documents, and employ visual persuasion in a wide variety of settings.

Program Summary

Application Dates: 12/9/2018
04/7/2019
Start Dates: 01/9/2019
05/7/2019
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $685

Edit Your Success

Designed for working professionals, this flexible online, graduate certificate will help you hone your technical writing skills whether you seek to write better grants or more compelling policy positions. As a graduate of our program, you will be prepared to write in a wide variety of professional settings, including engineering, health professions, pharmaceuticals, software development, the military, and other business and organizations that employ technical writers. After completing this certificate, you will be prepared to:

  • Produce stylistically correct technical and professional documents in print and digital formats.
  • Write for specific genres including legal briefs, technical manuals, policy, documentation, grant applications, visual presentations, and organizational copy.
  • Analyze ethical, legal, and rhetorical issues in professional and technical writing.
  • Create communication tools that draw on visual skills like document and presentation design, video editing, and infographics.
  • Edit with attention to style, format, grammar, and punctuation.

Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher.

Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page.


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Jeffrey Rice

Chair

DGC

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies

1353 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.