Sep 20, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Technical Communication [Graduate Certificate]


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 pursue further graduate study in technical communication.

Program Admission


Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • A personal statement (we recommend that these statements be 1 to 2 pages in length)
  • An academic writing sample (preferably something related to your intended concentration in either the Teaching of Writing or Professional Communication)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Department Information


English Language & Literature | Joseph Csicsila, Ph.D., Department Head | 612 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4220, jcsicsila@emich.edu

Matt Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator | 613J Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0399, mkirkpa1@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Steven Krause, Ph.D., 612 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4220, skrause@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 15 hours


Students must complete 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.