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Professional Writing Certificate Program

Welcome!

In the 21st century, the explosion of information makes good writing and good writers more important than ever. Students in the Professional
Writing Certificate Program:

  • enhance writing and editing skills
  • gain experience with new communications technology
  • network with other publishing professionals

Would you like to sharpen your writing and document design skills and broaden your professional opportunities? Methodist University's Professional Writing Certificate Program will benefit entry-level and experienced professionals by enhancing their communication skills.

Who will Benefit from Methodist University's Professional Writing Certificate Program?

  • Administrative Staff
  • Community Leaders and Volunteers
  • Copyeditors
  • For-Profit and Non-Profit Executives
  • Freelance Writers
  • Grant Writers
  • Healthcare Administrators
  • Military Personnel
  • Public Relations Professionals
  • Technical and Professional Writers
  • Web Designers

How to Apply

It's easy to apply to the Professional Writing Certificate Program. Visit our program application page to learn about the application process. Fall and Spring enrollment is available.

Although is it recommended that students take all six courses in order and within one year, students may elect to apply for the program and take one or more classes per semester to complete the Certificate on a multi-year plan.

Program Brochure

Download the program brochure.


Tuition and Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available; contact the MU Financial Aid Office at (800) 488-7100 (Active duty military, please contact our Fort Bragg Office at (910) 436-3624). CEU credit may also be available.


Course of Study

The Professional Writing Certificate Program is an 18-semester-hour, two-semester sequence of courses offered by Methodist University. Although is it recommended that students take all six courses in order and within one year, students may elect to apply for the program and take one or more classes per semester to complete the Certificate on a multi-year plan.

Designed primarily for working adults but also open to traditional students, the program consists of these six courses:

Fall Semester

Professional Writing (WRI 2200; Six Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.) offers a comprehensive overview of print and digital publishing, from the evaluation of original manuscripts to sales and marketing. Guest lecturers offer specialized expertise.

Advanced Grammar (ENG 3220; Evening Term I, T/TR 5:30 - 8 p.m.) provides a comprehensive history and analysis of grammar: parts of speech, sentence patterns, and prose style.

Copyediting and Proofreading (ENG 4330; Evening Term II, T/TR 5:30 - 8 p.m.) provides instruction on editing and proofreading texts for publication, both as hard copy and in electronic formats. It includes a review of punctuation, capitalization, and usage.

Spring Semester

Grant Writing (WRI 3300; Six Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.) offers a comprehensive overview of the grant writing process, from research to proposal. Lecturers offer specialized expertise.

Technical Writing (WRI 3210; Evening Term I, T/TR 5:30 - 8 p.m.) develops the writing skills necessary for producing clear technical, business, corporate, or scientific documents for publication.

Desktop Publishing (COM 3530; Evening Term II, T/TR 5:30 - 8 p.m.) provides an introduction to the fundamentals of desktop publishing and offers instruction in the use of publishing software and in the incorporation of both text and visual materials into print-based media and internet web pages.


Quotations from Students

"The Professional Writing Certificate Program has done more for me professionally than I ever could have imagined. I enrolled in the program with the intention of improving my writing skills. The program has improved my writing skills and more! It has helped me to become a more effective communicator in every aspect of my profession. This program provides valuable skills and tools that can and should be used in EVERY line of work. — Amanda Hynes, Professional Writing Certificate Graduate

"The Professional Writing Certificate Program gave me the confidence in my writing abilities I needed to apply to law school. I've been able to utilize the skills developed in the program to enhance my writing in both my personal and professional lives." —Jasmine Coleman, Professional Writing Certificate Graduate

“The Professional Writing Certificate is an outstanding program that greatly enhanced my writing skills, confidence, and knowledge of the technical communication environment. It teaches students how to write clearly, precisely, accurately, with energy and voice, and for specific audiences. The Certificate combines a unique blend of practical and technical skills that allows students to put learning into practice and, in fact, to learn by doing. Without question, I increased my knowledge of available tools and technologies that help me to be successful in writing for varied audiences." —Billy J. Buckner, Professional Writing Certificate Graduate


Contact for More Information


Chair, Department of English and Writing
Methodist University
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311
(910) 630-7370

 

 

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