• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $349.70
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $930.00
The UMSL/Missouri S&T Online Certificate in Technical Writing requires 18 hours in selected online courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, including a capstone course. Courses are shared between UMSLs English and Missouri S&Ts English and Technical Communication departments. The online format, paired with 16- and 8-week courses, give students and working professionals the flexibility they need to prepare themselves more broadly for the future. Twelve of the 18 hours must be taken at UMSL. Courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, LA, OK, OR, ME, AK, AS, MD, PA, MA, AZ, AR, MI, RI, PR, SC, MN, CA, CO, MS, SD, TN, CT, DE, MT, TX, UT, NE, FL, GA, NV, VT, VA, NH, GU, HI, NJ, VI, WA, NM, ID, IL, NY, DC, WV, NC, IN, IA, KS, KY, OH, MP, ND, WI or WY are not able to enroll in this program.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Courses

Core
  • ENGL 3120Business Writing3 Credits

    This course further develops the experienced writer's style and analytical capabilities to the level of sophistication necessary for upper-division writing assignments and for business and professional settings. Writing assignments may include business correspondence, reports, resumes, proposals, analyses, feasibility studies, and articles for in-house publications. The course emphasizes clarity, consciseness, organization, format, style, tone and mechanical correctness; expands upon students' research and documentation skills; and requires research in university libraries. Fulfills the University's requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills. It may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

  • ENGL 3130Technical Writing3 Credits

    The major elements of industrial technical writing. Writing assignments include technical definitions, abstracts and summaries, mechanism descriptions, instructions, process analyses, technical reports and proposals. Emphasis is placed on clarity , conciseness, organization, format, style and tone. The course includes an introduction to research methods and documentation. All readings are selected from industrial material. Fulfills the University requirement for junior-level course in communicative skills, subject to the approval of the student's major department. May not be taken on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

  • ENGL 3160Writing in the Sciences3 Credits

    Designed to teach students how to write effectively in the sciences. Writing assignments include short reports, proposals and a major project. Students are encouraged to select projects that will reflect work in a science course which may include a research or analytical report, a formal proposal or a procedures/instructions manual. Emphasis is placed on clarity, conciseness, organization, format, style, and tone. The course will include an introduction to research methods and documentation. Fulfills the University requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills, subject to the approval of the student's major department. May not be taken on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

  • ENGL 4870Advanced Business and Technical Writing3 Credits

    An advanced, project-oriented course to produce substantial, multifaceted business and technical writing projects. These might include reports, manuals, proposals, Web projects, computer documentation, or other advanced written assignments. These projects demonstrate the ability to handle complex assignments requiring initiative, independent work, and professional-level writing skills.

  • ENGL 4871Publishing: Writers, Editors, and Readers 13 Credits
  • ENGL 4872Technical Presentations 13 Credits
  • ENGL 4890Writing Internship3 Credits

    Course limited to students who are completing certificates in writing. May be taken concurrently with the final course in the certificate sequence. Students work in a supervised internship to complete professional writing assignments. Special consent form required.

  • ENGL 4892Independent Writing Project3 Credits

    Course limited to students who are completing their certificates in writing. May be taken concurrently with the final course in the certificate sequence. Students work individually with an instructor to complete an extensive creative writing or critical analysis writing project. This course is available on a limited basis only with the approval of the Coordinator and faculty sponsor. Special consent form is required.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $930.00
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $992.30
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2790.00
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $2976.90
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $524.55
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $586.85
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1573.65
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1760.55
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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