Professional writing certificate UCF

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing offers professionals opportunities to develop and improve communication skills vital to advancing in the workplace.

The certificate is designed for busy professionals, all courses are offered via the web, and the program can be completed in as few as three consecutive semesters.

Please note: This program may be completed online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees. See for more information.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


This flexible five-course sequence of graduate study includes two required core courses and allows students to choose three electives from the list below. Students will also complete an electronic writing portfolio before graduation.

Total Credit Hours Required: 15 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses—6 Credit Hours

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Choose three courses from the following list.


Due to their similarity, students can apply either ENC 6216 or ENC 6217 to this program of study. Students cannot use both for elective credit for this program.

Electronic Writing Portfolio

Students will complete a web-based professional portfolio before filing for graduation. This portfolio must be approved by the program director and must include three exemplary projects, each from a different course. A page analyzing the rhetorical situation should accompany each project.

Exit Survey

Students should complete the Exit Survey at the end of their program if they would like to receive a certificate of program completion in addition to their grade audit.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Successful applicants will have received a grade of “A” or “B” in an upper-division writing intensive course. All applications require the following in order to be reviewed:

  •  An application to the graduate certificate program
  •  Official transcripts
  •  A statement of academic intent

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance and the applicant’s potential for completing the certificate.

Application Deadlines

Professional Writing Graduate Certificate*Fall PriorityFallSpringSummer
Domestic Applicants Jul 1Nov 1Apr 1
International Applicants    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Natasha Jones PhD
[email protected]
Telephone: 407-823-0746
CNH 301A

Graduate Admissions

Keri Corbett
[email protected]
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

The Certificate in Public and Professional Writing will provide students with additional training and experience in workplace and public (i.e., civic, community-based) writing.Certificate Admission RequirementsTransfer NotesCourses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. Students must provide all appropriate documentation.Certificate RequirementsStudents should work with a department academic advisor to select courses that support the students’ intended career or post-graduation path.Students cannot earn both the Certificate in Public and Professional Writing and the Minor in Writing and Rhetoric.Prerequisite CoursesNone
Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)ENC 3314 – Writing and Rhetoric Foundations Credit Hours: 3Select One: (3 Credit Hours)ENC 3250 – Professional Writing Credit Hours: 3ENC 4212 – Professional Editing Credit Hours: 3LIN 3673 – Rhetorical Grammar Credit Hours: 3Restricted Electives (6 Credit Hours)Students must take any two 3000-4000 level courses taught by the department not restricted to the major or used to satisfy another requirement.A list of approved restricted elective courses is found in the myKnight audit.Foreign Language RequirementsNoneTotal Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 12Other RequirementsStudents must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in all coursework used to satisfy the certificate.A grade of “C+” (2.25) or better is required in each course used to satisfy the certificate.At least 6 hours used to satisfy the certificate must be taken from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at UCF.

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