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Professional Writing

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575 USD/credit
575 USD/credit
575 USD/credit
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The Professional Writing Certificate program at Northern Arizona University is designed to provide post baccalaureate education in communications skills that are in daily demand among engineers, scientists, finance experts, and other professionals at work in business, industry, and government.

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All the hours taken to obtain the certificate can also be used to fulfill the requirements for an M.A. in English at NAU, as well as the Professional Writing emphasis in the Master of Administration degree offered by NAU Graduate College. The Professional Writing Certificate from Northern Arizona University is offered completely online.

Programme Structure

  • The Professional Writing Certificate program will help you to create excellent workplace documents such as project proposals, grant proposals, reports, and emails.  It will also help you to implement best practices in creating user-facing documents such as product and service descriptions, help files, and instruction manuals.  Your participation in our courses will increase your skills in audience awareness, document design, document project management, and editing. 
  • These skills are important for anyone who writes at work and can prepare you for a career or help you to advance in your current career as an administrative professional,  grant proposal writer,  technical writer, technical editor, or any other type of professional writer in many careers such as project management, program management, and non-profit, research, government, and corporate communications. 

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  • July 1 (Session A)
  • October 8 (Session B)


  • December 1 (Session A)
  • February 1 (Session B)




18 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale for their bachelor’s degree to be considered for regular admission. Admitted students are expected to have undergraduate educational experiences, including general education studies, that are similar to those required for a baccalaureate at Northern Arizona University.
    • Applicants who have earned their degree(s) from an international institution must submit official transcripts directly from the university or college. The transcripts must be in the original language of the country accompanied by an English translation. If the degree awarded and the date of award is not on the transcripts, applicants must also include a separate degree certificate document.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    575 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 575 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • National

    575 USD/credit
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    Based on the original amount of 575 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • In-State

    575 USD/credit
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    Based on the original amount of 575 USD per credit and a duration of  .


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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