Adviser: Steven Krause, Ph.D.
The certificate program provides specialist training, at the graduate level, to individuals who wish to increase their knowledge, or obtain new knowledge, in the field of technical communication. The program addresses the needs of individuals who have been trained in other fields who wish to become technical communicators; of individuals who have been trained in English or technical communication who wish to take additional, advanced course work in the field; and of practitioners in technical communication who wish to increase their knowledge base. The program provides students with the skills they will need to work as technical communicators and/or to pursue further graduate study in technical communication.
In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements for certificate programs, the department stipulates the following:
At least 18 hours of undergraduate English, excluding freshman composition, and a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants not meeting these standards may apply for conditional admission. Further, applicants may also combine academic and professional experience in support of their application.
Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Students with TOEFL essay scores below five will be denied admission; students with TOEFL scores lower than the minimum can be considered for conditional admission, but must attain minimum scores by the end of the first semester of enrollment. See the Admissions web site at www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores.
A minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate course work* in technical communication with a GPA of at least 3.0.
Students are encouraged to compile a portfolio of work completed in the program accompanied by a reflective essay. The portfolio and reflective essay are optional.
* NOTE: Advanced 400-level undergraduate courses are also available to graduate students. A maximum of three hours of approved 400-level course work may count toward the graduate certificate in technical communication. Students must submit a request form to the Graduate School to enroll in an advanced 400-level undergraduate course for graduate credit; otherwise, undergraduate credit will be awarded.