The English Department offers an 18-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication. This Certificate prepares students to careers as technical communicators, technical editors, graphic designers, proposal writers, and usability specialists. More information about technical communication career opportunities can be found on our Careers page. In preparation for future employment, Certificate students get exposure to real-world documents and writing opportunities, both in class and through optional internships. The programs routinely offers special studies courses in topics like Writing in Engineering, Technical Communication Software, and Document Design. Students also use current technical communication software, such as Adobe Robohelp, Captivate, Framemaker, and InDesign as well as MadCap Flare.

The Graduate Certificate requires four graduate English courses in technical writing or editing, in addition to two related graduate courses in an allied field selected in consultation with the Director of Business and Technical Writing. Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication students enroll in the following Program of Study (POS):

EH Technical Writing Elective, 600 level3
EH Technical Writing Elective3
Allied Field Course3
Allied Field Course3
Total Semester Hours18

Students who wish to earn the Certificate in Technical Communication must be admitted to the Graduate School, but may pursue the certificate independent of a master's degree program. These courses may also count toward a master's degree in English if the student meets admission requirements for the M.A. For the stand-alone certificate, no there is no specific language requirement.

No more than six credit hours taken at another institution may be applied to the certificate, and certificate courses taken at UAH must include EH 501 or 502 and EH 601, 602, or 698.

For further information about UAH programs in technical communication, contact Dr. Ryan Weber, Director of Business and Technical Writing, at or (256) 824-6320.