Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

The Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication consists of the most practical courses offered in our Master in Professional Communication (MTPC).

For current employees in business or industry, the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication may lead to an increase in job responsibilities and perhaps salary.

Current graduate students at Auburn University may be able to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication along with their other coursework. Further, students who find that they want to continue coursework in technical and professional communication after completing the Certificate, the 12 hours can be transferred into the MTPC program.

It is important to note, however, that admission to the MTPC program is not automatic upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication. To be admitted to the MTPC program, applicants will need to take the GRE and apply through the Graduate School. The application will be reviewed by the MTPC faculty. If an applicant is then admitted, the 12 hours from the Graduate Certificate will be transferred to the MTPC.

The Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication requires completion of 12 hours of courses as follows:

  • ENGL 7010: Technical and Professional Communication: Issues and Approaches (3 hours)
  • ENGL 7000: Technical and Professional Editing (3 hours)
  • ENGL 7080: Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication (3 hours)
  • One elective from the list below.
    • ENGL 7020: Pedagogy of Technical and Professional Communication (3 hours)
    • ENGL 7030: Studies in Technical and Professional Communication (3 hours) (e.g., Environmental Rhetoric, Ethics, and Policy)
    • ENGL 7060: Web Development (3 hours)
    • ENGL 7090: Topics in Technical and Professional Communication (3 hours) (e.g., Grant and Proposal Writing)
    • ENGL 7910: Practicum in Technical and Professional Communication (3 hours)

Courses meet late afternoon and early evening.  The instruction is a project-focused combination of practice and theory, considering both online and print media.  The faculty is composed of PhDs with extensive experience as writers, editors, and web designers.

The application process for the Graduate Certificate is the same as that for the MTPC program. For questions not covered in the instructions below, go to Auburn's Graduate Certificates.

  1. Begin by completing an application through the Graduate School website GWAAP.  The Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication is listed under "Certificate," that is, "C."  At the moment, the GRE is not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate, but applicants will need to send transcripts and pay an application fee.
  2. After completing the Graduate School application, please send the following materials to the Director of Graduate Studies-MTPC through email: a statement of purpose explaining your interest in the Graduate Certificate and a writing sample.  Also ask three recommenders to send emails. Address:

Director of Graduate Studies-MTPC
Department of English
Auburn University, AL 36849
mtpc@auburn.edu.

Last Updated: October 29, 2013