Online Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics

Online Graduate Certificate Program in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics

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Offered by:
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Program at a Glance

  • 100 Percent Online  
  • 12 Credit hours
  • Minimum Requirements: Admission to Graduate School
  • GRE not required
  • Timeline: 1-2 years
  • Special Benefit: Students finish degree with professional portfolio of four job-search-ready texts

Estimated Cost

Online Students
Pay In-State Tuition*

  • $409.94 Tuition
  • $2.70 Library Fee
  • $10.48 Network & Data Systems Fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee
*Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2016 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.
Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid

Tuition & Fees Information

Improve Your Skills

Successful writers in the workplace today have to be dynamic, ready to present information in whatever format their current situation requires. One day that may be writing a report, but the next day that report may be transformed into an infographic, a memo, or even a tweet.

In our highly visual and social-media-savvy world, skilled technical writers have to be able to navigate the challenges particular to each genre and medium they encounter, while tailoring their messages to meet the needs of their audience(s).

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Public Rhetorics from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is designed to help writers meet those challenges by developing their skills in document design, writing for the web, visual rhetoric, style, and grammar.

Working professionals and individuals who are looking to improve their writing skills across different media will find courses that are production-oriented and focus on equipping them with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to succeed as technical writers.

Each course is designed to produce a portfolio-ready final text for use in job applications or promotion documentation. These texts will be combined at the end of coursework to create a capstone portfolio that can be publically displayed and hosted permanently on the library servers at the University of Arkansas.

One final benefit of the program is that in each course students work exclusively with faculty holding terminal degrees and specializing in Technical Writing or Rhetoric.


Online courses

  • ENGL 5513 Document Design for Technical Writers
  • ENGL 5523 Technical Writing for Online Audiences
  • ENGL 5533 Technical Writing Praxis
  • ENGL 5963 Technical Editing and User Experience Design