College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of English

Professional Writing, Graduate Certificate

We have designed this program to provide advanced post-baccalaureate training in the communication skills that are in daily demand among engineers, scientists, finance persons, and other professionals at work in business, industry, and government.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Professional Writing?

The Professional Writing Certificate program is designed to provide post baccalaureate education in communications skills that are in daily demand among engineers, scientists, finance experts, and other professionals at work in business, industry, and government. All the hours taken to obtain the certificate can also be used to fulfill the requirements for an M.A. in English at NAU, as well as the Professional Writing emphasis in the Master of Administration degree offered by NAU Graduate College. The Professional Writing Certificate is offered completely online.

Note: For this certificate program, students must apply to Graduate admissions for acceptance into NAU prior to registering for courses.

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Additional Admission Requirements Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • Apply for entry into the Certificate program before you complete nine graduate hours of coursework.
Certificate Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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