Online Graduate Certificate in Technical and Professional Writing

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  • Accelerated 12-credit graduate certificate program
  • Convenient, flexible and affordable online format
  • Multilingual and multicultural faculty members
  • Focused on writing skills for a variety of professions
  • Advanced study of new media and communication technologies

The University of Texas at El Paso is excited to offer this 100% online technical writing graduate program. The graduate-level certificate is designed for graduate students of any discipline who want to strengthen their writing skills. The fully online format is also perfect for working professionals from all walks of life and military professionals seeking to advance their careers through better writing and communication.

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Technical and professional writing is a growing field that has many applications and earning a technical writing certification online can help increase your hireability. In addition to teaching strong writing skills, the program also focuses on digital communication and community engagement in intercultural contexts. Graduates of the program will learn to:

  • Be more effective communicators overall and learn how to write for a variety of audiences. including technicians, corporate executives and military personnel
  • Communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Apply rhetorical theories in practice and critically evaluate electronic research
  • Work with new media to share information in a variety of different ways

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Graduates of our technical writing graduate program typically work in positions such as:

  • Corporate communicator
  • Grant writer
  • Online content developer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Science reporter
  • Script writer
  • Speech writer
  • Technical editor
  • Technical writer
  • Technology reporter
  • Translator
  • Military communications specialist

The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.

Expert Faculty

The technical and professional writing faculty members who teach in our technical writing certificate program online are bilingual and multicultural. Some of them have backgrounds in service learning and community writing, others in technology and writing. Still others have backgrounds in professional writing and student success. One thing they all have in common is a passion for effective communication and the development of great writing skills.


The University of Texas at El Paso has a 100-year history as a preferred educator for students in the U.S.-Mexico border communities. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online program such as opur technical and professional writing graduate certificate help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities.

  • UTEP is ranked #1 in "Social Mobility" according to Washington Monthly.
  • The U.S. Department of Education ranks UTEP as a great value with the lowest net tuition of all research universities in the country.
  • Issues in Higher Education ranks UTEP #2 among all U.S. colleges and universities in the total number of degrees awarded to Hispanics.
  • UTEP is recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly┬« School.
  • UTEP received the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) Champion of Access and Success Award for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled and other underserved student populations.
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ranks UTEP #3 in Texas among the 7 peer "Emerging Research Universities."
  • Washington Monthly also ranks UTEP #8 overall among "National Research Universities"-in excellent company between #6 Stanford and #10 Harvard.
  • UTEP teaching has been recognized as a "Model Institution for Excellence" (one of only six in the country) by the National Science Foundation.
  • UTEP is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million "Teachers for a New Era" research grant from Carnegie Corporation.
  • UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


The 12-credit technical and professional writing graduate certificate offered through UTEP Connect can be completed in as few as two semesters, helping to propel you forward toward your educational and career goals.

Technical and Professional Writing Courses

Technical Writing Study the art and science of rhetoric for print and electronic communications that integrate the effective practice of technical writing, editing and graphic expression. Learn how to manage writing projects of varying levels of complexity, adapting content for various audiences and mediums, including social media.
Grant Writing Examine the principles integral to writing successful grant proposals. Topics include analyzing requests, evaluating the requirements of proposal reviewers, adhering to grant submission guidelines, preparing executive summaries, developing in-depth project descriptions, and determining outcome measures and budgetary needs. The course culminates with the formal preparation of a substantial grant proposal.
Professional Writing Explore the concepts related to taking an ethical, rhetorical approach to developing professional documents and designing effective presentations for distribution across print and electronic mediums. Study how to participate effectively in intra-organizational social networking, and learn what it takes to plan large collaborative group writing projects.
Professional Writing Seminar - Editing Learn why editing is an essential element of successful writing through the practical application of copy marking, copyediting, comprehensive editing and web editing techniques. Assess the rhetorical elements of audience, purpose, authorship, ideology and design of web-based and print documents for discipline-specific, private industry, public sector and academic consumption.