Skip to content
Search Icon
Professional Writing Banner

Professional Writing Certificate

The 12-credit, all online Certificate in Professional Writing maximizes your marketability by showcasing your skills in writing and communication. There is a growing demand for professional or technical writers, but this certificate is also useful for job seekers in numerous career fields. The certificate differentiates you from other job applicants as it indicates an ability to:

  • Communicate with purpose to a variety of audiences in differing contexts
  • Understand and implement multiple workplace genres of writing

Classes in SMSU’s Certificate in Professional Writing are offered entirely online to meet your needs and can be completed in two years or less!

English Department Office

BA 221
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

Course Guidelines

Due to variation in each school’s curriculum, the following is merely a guideline of typical requirements. To determine the exact requirements for each program, the student should work with their academic advisor to review each school to which he/she is applying.

Typical Course Requirements
SMSU Course Number Pre-Requisite courses for Program Semester Credit Hours
ENG 331 Business Communications 3
ENG 360

Scientific & Technical Writing

ENG 361 Advanced Composition 3
Choose one of the following:
ENG 251 Writing in Professions 3
ENG 351 Writing in Medical & Health Professions 3
PHIL 303 Ethical Issues in Professional Life 3
Select four credits from the following:
ENG 204 Introduction to Journalism 3
ENG 289 Introduction to Professional Writing 1
ENG 305 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop 3
ENG 420 Copy Editing 3
ENG 460 Writing and New Media 4
ENG 499 Internship 1-12
Total 16

visit icon

Apply Now

catalog icon

Academic Catalog

department icon

Department Website

Last Modified: 9/12/23 11:46 AM | Website Feedback