Oct 23, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Professional and Technical Writing Certificate


The Department of English and Comparative Literature  offers a 16-unit program consisting of a twelve-unit core (ENGL 106 ENGL 107 ENGL 129 ) and four units of an advisor-approved elective. This program is designed for those seeking greater specialization, including post-baccalaureate students who hold or seek employment in technical or professional writing. Prerequisite: Passage of WST or graduate standing.

University Advanced Certificate Requirements​

Advanced certificate programs offers postbaccalaureate students coursework leading to a specific, applied, focused goal. In order to be eligible for admission to an advanced certificate, students complete an intake form or apply through CalState Apply and submit an official transcript(s) (noting the completion of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited and/or recognized institution from a foreign country). Students must have a minimum of 2.5 undergraduate GPA.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all advanced certificate coursework, with no less than the grade of “C” in any course. A maximum of 4 units of coursework with a grade of “C” can count toward an advanced certificate. A maximum of 4 units of coursework may be repeated. Undergraduate lower division courses are not applicable to advanced certificates. A maximum of 30% of any graduate degree program units (e.g., 9 units for a 30-unit Master’s degree) can be completed from another institution and/or units from Open University (including advanced certificate courses) at SJSU with approval from the department or school. The choice of grading requirements may have implications for transferability to degree programs (University Policy S16-17). 

The advisor/director of the program is responsible for verifying a student’s satisfactory completion of the academic requirements established for the program and for forwarding a copy of the certificate audit completion form to the Office of the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations. The Office of the Registrar records the completion of the program on the student’s transcript. 

Certificate Requirements (16 units)


Total Units Required (16 units)