[ skip to content ]

Toggle Mobile Menu

Professional Writing (Graduate Certificate)

Easily completed in one calendar year, this certificate is designed for professionals who want to supplement their undergraduate degrees and sharpen their writing and communication skills. Students who earn Graduate Certificates use them to supplement degrees in other areas of study and for advancement in the workplace. Many of our courses are taught during the evening.

Professional Writing (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Professional Writing at ODU like?

Easily completed in one calendar year, this certificate is designed for professionals who want to supplement their undergraduate degrees and sharpen their writing and communication skills. Students who earn Graduate Certificates use them to supplement degrees in other areas of study and for advancement in the workplace. Many of our courses are taught during the evening.

Program Highlights


What makes Professional Writing at ODU unique?

  • Opportunity for students to receive credit for a graduate level writing-based internship

  • Evening and video streaming courses to accommodate work schedules

  • Students have opportunities to engage in a wide variety of communication technologies and practices

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Technical Writers

$74,440

MEDIAN SALARY


Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Web Developers

$74,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Editors

$68,230

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

Copy Writers

$72,120

MEDIAN SALARY


Write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Professional Writing at ODU?

ENGL 535:
Management Writing


This course focuses on writing as a means of making and presenting management decisions.

ENGL 539:
Writing in Digital Spaces


This course offers composition practice in critical contemporary digital environments. Readings and discussions will provide the history of and context for these digital spaces. Students should expect to participate in, develop, and engage in critical discussions about a range of digital spaces, including websites, wikis, blogs, and various interactive media.

ENGL 715:
PROF WRITING THEORY/PRACTICE


This course surveys the history of professional writing, competing theories and research methodologies in the field. The tensions between workplace practices, professional writing scholarship, and professional writing pedagogy will also be explored.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Professional Writing at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Professional Writing should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • Apply to ODU as a non-degree seeking graduate student

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

No Image

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Julia Romberger


Location:

5024 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4012


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

goto top button request for information button apply now button
×

How would you like to complete your program?


Avatar
Face to Face
Avatar
Completely Online
Avatar
Unsure