English Professional Writing Certificate

Perfect Your Craft with a Professional Writing Certificate

With an Professional Writing Certificate, you will learn to write at an advanced level in a variety of professional settings, no matter your career interests--from business offices to courtrooms to political rallies to online media--and you will earn your graduate degree in less time than you might think! Create responsibly researched and innovative content, think critically, analyze language thoughtfully, and communicate effectively. Use your enhanced skills ethically as a global citizen, understanding how writing can be a force in society.

Marywood offers two tracks to earn a graduate degree in Professional Writing:

4+1 Program for Traditional Undergraduates: Marywood's 4+1 program in Professional Writing is distinctive in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Traditional undergraduates in qualifying programs have the opportunity and flexibility to earn the M.A. degree in one year. Marywood students from the following programs, majors, and minors, with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in the major or minor and 3.33 overall GPA, are eligible to apply for the 4+1 program:

  • Programs: Communication Arts and English
  • Majors: Advertising and Public Relations; Broadcast Journalism; Digital Media; Literature; Writing
  • Minors: Advertising, Broadcast Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Writing

Traditional Graduate Program: The traditional graduate program in Professional Writing consists of three full-time semesters or two years of part-time study. 

  • Earn your M.A. in two years or less
  • Evening classes offered

Each degree path features hands-on learning in professional situations, classroom discussions, and writer workshops that hone students' writing and give graduates a thorough understanding of techniques of writing and persuasion across a variety of media appropriate to a range of professional settings.

  • Earn your master's degree in two years or less
  • Evening Classes and Writer Workshops
  • Wide variety of career opportunities
  • Hands-on learning in professional situations

Outcomes & Opportunities

Top Employers

  • Consulting Firms/ Recruitment
  • Universities
  • Motion Picture/Video Industries
  • Online Service Providers

Top Career Paths

  • Communications Director
  • Writing Professor
  • Grant Writer
  • Public Relations Manager

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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 letters of recommendation

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