The English Department offers an 18-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication. This Certificate prepares students for careers in technical communication, technical editing, proposal writing, and user experience. In preparation for future employment, certificate students get exposure to real-world documents and writing opportunities, both in class and through optional internships. The program routinely offers special studies courses in topics including Proposal Writing, Document Design, and Writing about Science and Technology. Students also use current technical communication software.

The Graduate Certificate requires EH 501 and EH 603 as well as two English Electives (including EH 542, EH 552, EH 554, EH 601, EH 602, EH 649, and EH 662). In addition, students take two related graduate courses outside of English 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 Elective3
EH Technical Writing Elective 600 level3
Allied Field Course3
Allied Field Course3
Total Semester Hours18

Students who wish to earn the Graduate 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.

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 and EH 603.

For further information about UAH programs in technical communication, contact Dr. Ryan Weber, Director of Business and Technical Writing, at