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Certificate in Professional Writing

Graduate Certificate

  • Flexible for returning professionals
  • Writer Workshops
  • Evening classes offered

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Certificate in Professional Writing at Marywood

Marywood's Certificate in Professional Writing is unique to Northeastern Pennsylvania where you will learn how to write at an advanced level in a variety of professional settings, no matter your career interest.

More About This Degree

Erin Sadlack, Ph.D.
Medieval and Early Modern British Literature, Women's Studies, and Rhetoric and Composition
Deborah Brassard, Ph.D.
Modern British Literature, Modern American Literature, and Shakespeare
Agnes Cardoni, Ph.D.
Composition, 20th Century American Literature, Feminist Theory, and English Education
Bill Conlogue, Ph.D.
19th and 20th Century American Literature
CareerAnnual Average Openings
Technical Writer $73,350
Editor $64,910
Writer/Author $69, 130
PR Specialist $59,300
Multimedia Artists $70,530

* Data supplemented from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and recent graduate success.

Specific Program Requirements

  • All college transcripts
  • Resumé
  • Statement of Purpose (2 pages)
  • Response to Program Writing Prompt
  • Academic or Professional Writing Sample (6-10 pages, can be excerpted from a longer work)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (waived for current students and recent alumni (i.e., students within two years of graduation)

Writing Sample

Choose one of the two following prompts and write approximately 500-600 words in response:

  1. Write an op-ed piece for a local newspaper (local to you) persuading its readers of the importance of learning a second language. Please identify the name of the paper to which you have chosen to write in the header. Give your essay a title that could be used as a headline.
  1. Write a professional letter that could be sent to a real local business or a real local nonprofit agency arguing that their services to customers should be offered in both English and Spanish. Please identify the name of the business or agency.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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