Admissions

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

Policies

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

Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing

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

Concentration in Science Communication

All course choices included in this concentration must be approved by the Department of Communication. Students pursuing the graduate certificate in professional writing and editing with a concentration in science communication must complete 15 credits.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-PWE

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15 or 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

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

Students pursuing this graduate certificate must choose either a concentration in professional and technical writing or a concentration in science communication.

Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing (PTW)

This concentration in the graduate certificate in professional writing and editing may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

Coursework

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
1

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

Concentration in Science Communication (SCMN)

This concentration in the graduate certificate in professional writing and editing may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis.

Core Courses

COMM 639Science Communication3
COMM 641Advanced Communication Skills for STEM3
Select one course from the following:3
Risk Communication
Controversies in Science Communication
Science and the Public
Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns
Crisis Communication
Total Credits9

Electives

Two courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy 16
1

These courses should be chosen from any STEM, health sciences, or science policy discipline. Both courses must be from the same discipline and must be graduate level. Choices must be approved by the program director. Students should select from 500- or 600-level courses offered by COS, CHHS, Schar, or CEHD.