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Graduate Certificate Program in International Technical Communication

The Graduate Certificate Program in International Technical Communication is designed for students who wish to pursue technical communication careers developing information for international audiences and organizations.

Admission

Students applying from universities outside the United States must have completed a U.S. bachelor's degree equivalent and must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn a minimum score of 250 on the computer-based (or 600 on the paper-based) TOEFL or 7.0 on the IELTS exam or secure the consent of the Program Coordinator and two program faculty members.
  2. Submit a portfolio of writing samples in English as well as a "Statement of Purpose" in both English and the student's native language.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of computers and business operations through undergraduate courses such as business or technical communication, the portfolio, or experience as described in the Statement of Purpose.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant's recent academic and/or work experience.

Students applying from universities within the United States must have completed a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA and must meet the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate a reading proficiency in a second language as demonstrated by a score of "Level 5" on the UW System Placement Test for French, German, or Spanish. Other languages will be considered depending on appropriateness and availability of testing.
  2. Submit a portfolio of writing samples as well as a "Statement of Purpose" in English.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of computers and business operations through undergraduate courses such as business or technical communication, the portfolio, or experience as described in the Statement of Purpose.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant's recent academic and/or work experience.
Credits and Courses

Students must complete 18 credits of course work as outlined below. At least 6 of these credits must be completed at the 700 level or above. Students must earn a 3.0 grade point average or better in the courses that apply to the Certificate.

Professional/Technical Writing Courses (in consultation with the Program Coordinator), 9 cr
English 435 Professional and Technical Writing
English 436 Writing for Information Technology
English 437 Project Management for Professional Writers
English 439 Document Design
English 708 Advanced Professional Writing
English 709 Rhetoric, Writing, and Information Technology
English 710 Advanced Project Management for Professional Writers

Students who within the past five years have successfully completed any of these courses while enrolled as undergraduate students are not expected to repeat those courses for graduate credit. In consultation with the Program Coordinator, they will select alternate graduate courses that will substitute for the courses already completed.

Two Elective courses selected from areas other than English (in consultation with the Program Coordinator), 6 cr
Lubar School of Business
Communication Department
Translation and Foreign Languages

Courses outside these areas may be substituted with permission of the Program Coordinator.

Capstone Requirement (must engage international study), 3 credits

Students who also are interested in an M.A. in English must apply for admission to both the Certificate and degree programs. Students who have completed the Certificate Program may transfer up to 9 credits to the M.A. program, upon approval of the English Department Coordinator of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School. Those concurrently enrolled in the Certificate Program and the M.A. in English are strongly encouraged to consult the Certificate Program Coordinator and the Plan G Coordinator to develop the most economical program of study. Students seeking admission to master's programs in other departments and schools are advised to seek the advice of graduate coordinators in those areas.

Time Limit

Students must complete all requirements for the Certificate within 3 years of initial enrollment.


Page last updated on: 06/13/2014