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Professional and Technical Writing Certificate

Do you want to set yourself apart as an expert communicator — in your first, current or future job? The University of Central Missouri’s Professional and Technical Writing undergraduate certificate program is your ticket to increased salary potential, professional versatility and greater career opportunities. 

This certificate program is similar to UCM’s Technical Writing minor but condensed to meet the needs of the working business professional. At just 12 credits, this undergraduate certificate program is quick and convenient. Work it into your schedule while gaining specialized training to master all forms of business communication, from resumes and memos to policy analysis and technical reports.

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Dr. Rebecca Miner
Technical Writing Coordinator
Martin 236L
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8689

College of Art, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of English

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What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Professional and Technical Writing undergraduate certificate will help you become a more concise and proficient writer. You’ll learn to develop documentation skills across multiple types of media and write with the audience in mind, no matter the industry. Clients and managers alike will be able to trust you to handle a variety of documentation, including:

  • Technical writing
  • Copyediting
  • Policy writing
  • Proposals 
  • Report writing


Excellence in Technical Writing

  • #4: Technical writer as a best creative and media job (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in professional and technical writing

The University of Central Missouri’s Professional and Technical Writing Certificate program is designed for you to gain proficiency in the latest communication technologies and strategies. 

All undergraduate technical writing students have the opportunity to practice and apply their learning in our state-of-the-art Technical Writing Lab in the Martin building. This campus facility in Warrensburg contains the latest software and technologies used across industries for communication and marketing.


What can you do with a Professional and Technical Writing certificate from UCM?

UCM’s undergraduate certificate in Technical and Professional Writing is a great way to diversify your skill set and stand out as a leader in your industry. This certificate program can also help you fulfill requirements for grad school applications to get into programs such as paralegal studies, technical communication and composition and rhetoric. 

Careers in professional and technical writing

Specialized and advanced skills in technical communication can lead to a wide variety of job opportunities. Explore possible career pathways using the interactive tool below and gain insights into potential earnings, job outlooks and more.




Financial assistance options for your Professional and Technical Writing certificate

The University of Central Missouri awards approximately $21 million in institutional aid to our students annually, assistance that roughly 94% of our student body benefits from. Our tuition rates are less than many public colleges in Missouri — and less than the national average. These are just some of the many factors that contribute to UCM being hailed as one of the top overall universities in the country for low student debt by LendEDU. 

On top of that, you may also qualify for program-specific scholarships. Learn more with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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