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Professional Writing

The Certificate in Professional Writing is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in professional writing, or who are headed to careers that require an advanced level of professional writing skills.  In any field today--health, engineering, science, technology, business, education--writing is gaining in importance.  Move ahead in your job with your choice of courses in web authoring, multimedia writing, technical writing, desktop publishing, and instructional design. Whether writing in your field or about your field, whether editing an article or preparing a proposal, be more certain of your skills and more competitive in today’s job market with the Professional Writing Certificate.




Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


2 years


Main Campus


English and Comparative Literature
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


25 B McMicken Hall
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Mary Elizabeth Debs
Phone: 513-556-0940

Student Success Factors

Curiosity, an ability to get in someone else’s shoes, an openness to new knowledge in multiple fields.



Career Possibilities

With the Certificate in Professional Writing, you can explore new career possibilities in writing, editing, publishing, web page design, even elearning.  Graduates can use their professional writing skills in almost every field imaginable: publishing, government, science, medicine, journalism, law, politics, education, community advocacy, corporate communications, public relations, non-profit organizations, finance, and the arts. The need for effective communication has never been greater, and the employment opportunities are many and diverse.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Professional Writing Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Professional Writing Certificate Requirements
    • ENGLxxxx, One course from Specialized Writing group below, 3
    • ENGLxxxx, One course from Technology group below, 3
    • ENGLxxxx, Two courses from Electives group below, 6
    • ENGLxxxx, Two courses from Advanced group below, 6
    • ENGL3069, Introduction to Web Authoring, 3
    • ENGL3070, Desktop Publishing, 3
    Specialized Writing
    • ENGL4091, Writing for Business, 3
    • ENGL4092, Technical and Scientific Writing, 3
    • ENGL4093, Environmental Writing, 3
    • ENGL4094, Biomedical Writing, 3
    • PWRT6021, Instructional Design, 3
    • PWRT6022, Promotional Writing, 3
    • PWRT6023, Reports and Proposals, 3
    • PWRT6024, Editing Professional Documents, 3
    • PWRT6025, Information Design, 3
    • PWRT6026, Designing and Writing User Experience, 3
    • PWRT6027, Current Topics in Professional Writing, 3
    • PWRT6028, Publishing and New Media, 3
    • ENGL2073, Rhetoric and Public Engagement, DC, SE, 3
    • ENGL3059, Introduction to Rhetoric and Professional Writing, HU, 3
    • ENGL3060, Language and Knowledge in Public Discourse, 3
    • ENGL3066, Alternative Rhetorics, 3
    • ENGL3067, Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, 3
    • ENGL3068, Topics in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, 3
    • ENGL3072, Multimedia Writing, 3
    • ENGL3074, Rhetoric of Social Media, 3
    • ENGL3075, Professional Writing and Publication, 3
    • ENGL3076, Writing With Style, HU, 3
    • ENGL3077, Visual Rhetoric, 3
    • ENGL4095, Theory in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, 3
    • ENGL5080, Writing Cincinnati, 3
    • ENGL5095, Rhetoric and Professional Writing Capstone, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities


In addition to studying language and a focus on writing, you will learn how to write and edit professional documents, manage publication products, design print and web-based materials, and work with corporate and non-profit clients. You will learn a unique set of skills that will allow you to design, write, and edit content for a variety of purposes, such as publishing, web design, marketing, public relations, and corporate training. You will also be exposed to a variety of technologies that enable the writing and design process.  The faculty in the program are all award-winning experienced faculty who will provide individual attention to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. 

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Many courses in the Professional Writing Certificate work with clients from the community, which gives students the opportunity to put their coursework into practice.  This experiential learning opportunity underscores the program's dual emphasis on theory and practice.



Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.


Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.


Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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