Certificate Program in Professional and Technical Writing

The primary goal of the certificate programs is to enhance the writing proficiency of business and science students in order to increase their eligibility for employment in professions that require advanced writing competency.  Any student working toward the Business & Technical Writing minor is eligible to receive either the Professional Writing Certificate or the Technical Writing Certificate upon completion of all required courses with a grade of "C" or above. 



These certificates are only available to students enrolled in the Business & Technical Writing minor at Rutgers University.  Students who are not Rutgers undergraduates should consult wpx.rutgers.edu for educational opportunities in the professional and technical writing fields. 

Professional Writing Certificate:

Any student may request this certificate upon completion of the minor. There is a significant need for college graduates who can research and communicate information at a high level of competence in business, industry, and government. The Professional Writing Certificate is designed to give students a firm grounding in the skills of oral, written, and electronic communication and prepare them to enter professions that require extensive writing skills.

Technical Writing Certificate:

This certificate is open to undergraduates with majors or minors in approved scientific or technical subject areas (such as biology, mathematics, engineering, or computer science).  The need for technical writers capable of communicating scientific or technically sophisticated information to various audiences is well established, and technical writing skills are in demand in a wide range of fields. This certificate program is designed to give students with a science or technical background a strong foundation in the skills of oral, written, and electronic communication.

For information on the Writing Program's Business & Technical Writing minor through the School of Arts and Sciences, please see Minor.

Students completing the certificate should fill out the Application for Professional and Technical Writing Certificates form.  This form should be completed and submitted to William Magrino via email, fax, or in person.  All information will be verified and the certificate will be processed within 3 business days. 



Professional Non-Credit Courses

Writing Program Extension (WPx) offers Foundation, Journalism, Technical, Business and Creative writing courses.




The Program in American Language Studies (PALS) provides superior English language instruction to non-native English speakers for academic, professional, business, and social/acculturation purposes.





Rutgers University’s Writing Program Institute supports middle school and high school teachers and administrators through on-site professional development, outreach programs, and on campus workshops..


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Rutgers Writing Program
Murray Hall, Room 108
510 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 

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