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 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.
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.
|ENGH 501||Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric 1||3|
|ENGH 502||Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Writing||3|
|ENGH 503||Theory and Practice of Editing||3|
|ENGH 505||Document Design||3|
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|
|Proposal Writing Emphasis|
|Proposal Writing and Development|
|Advanced Proposal Writing|
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.
|COMM 639||Science Communication||3|
|Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Controversies in Science Communication|
|Advanced Communication Skills for STEM|
|Science and the Public|
|Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism|
|Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns|
|Two courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy 1||6|
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 CHSS, COS, CHHS, Schar, or CEHD.