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The graduate certificate in professional and technical writing provides students with coursework in nonfiction writing in specific genres, current writing practices and theories of writing in organizational settings, research methods in professional writing, and nonfiction literature.

The graduate certificate in professional and technical writing may only be pursued on a part-time basis.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the graduate certificate in professional writing and rhetoric, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.


The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of several programs in English and elsewhere. Part of the coursework toward the certificate may be applied to those degrees with the approval of the director of the degree program. Students pursuing this certificate must complete 18 credits of English graduate courses with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-PTW

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.


ENGH 501Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric 13
ENGH 502Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Writing3
ENGH 503Theory and Practice of Editing3
ENGH 505Document Design3
Total Credits12

ENGH 501 Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric should be taken in the first semester of study, if possible.

Emphasis in Technical Writing or Proposal Writing

Take courses from one of the following emphases:6
Technical Writing Emphasis
Technical Communication
Proposal Writing Emphasis
Proposal Writing and Development
Advanced Proposal Writing
Total Credits6