Professional Writing

Program Type
Graduate Certificate
Main Campus in Radford, VA
Online, 5 semesters with capstone


The Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing is designed for working professionals and Radford University graduate students who seek to strengthen their professional, technical, and business writing skills and enhance their knowledge of how to use digital media to remain competitive and viable in today’s diverse and rapidly changing workforce.

Why Pursue the Professional Writing Certificate at Radford?

  • You’ll learn to interpret organizational communication situations and respond clearly, correctly, and quickly.
  • We teach you how to convey complex or technical information to various audiences.
  • You’ll be able to write and design for readers in digital environments, including social media.
  • You’ll learn how to develop competitive proposals and grants.
  • The program has you create an ePortfolio to showcase your communication skills and help prepare you for the next steps of your career.

Careers & Internships

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing can add value to students’ careers and education by improving their ability to write in the workplace.

Students pursue this program in order to:

  • Supplement their degree with marketable skills
  • Enhance their attractiveness to potential employers with a web-based portfolio
  • Learn online and set their own schedule
  • Finish in a calendar year or at a more relaxed pace
  • Benefit from multiple admission dates throughout the year

Opportunities for Professional Writing students at Radford

The Professional Writing Graduate Certificate is an online program that may be completed in four regular semesters and one intersession for the capstone course. It's designed to help working professionals and graduate students in any discipline strengthen their professional, technical, business, and digital writing skills and stay competitive in the workforce.

Admissions Requirements

The established criteria for admission into the Professional Writing graduate certificate program are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • A 500-word statement of interest in the certificate program
  • For international students, a TOEFL minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, 79-80 on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test; or an IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (for international students)