Technical Writing Undergraduate Certificate


Students earn the Online Certificate in Technical Writing by completing 18 hours in selected online writing courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, including a capstone course. Twelve of the 18 hours must be taken at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

UMSL Courses
ENGL 3120Business Writing3
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL 3160Writing in the Sciences3
ENGL 4870Advanced Business and Technical Writing3
ENGL 4871Publishing: Writers, Editors, and Readers3
ENGL 4872Technical Presentations3
ENGL 4890Writing Internship3
ENGL 4892Independent Writing Project3
Missouri S&T Courses
ENGLISH 3560Technical Writing3
TCH COM 2560Technical Marketing Communication3
TCH COM 3440Theory of Visual Technical Communication3
TCH COM 4085 Internship in Technical Communication (individual enrollment)3
TCH COM 4450International Dimensions of Technical Communication3
TCH COM 4530Help Authoring3
TCH COM 4450Proposal Writing3
TCH ED 5510Technical Editing3
TCH COM 5530Usability Studies3
TCH ED 5560Web-Based Communication3
TCH COM 5610History of Technical Communication3
TCH COM 5620Reasearch Methods in Technical Communication3

Students may use ENGL 4890,ENGL 4892, ENGL 4870, ENGL 4871, and ENGL 4872 as their capstone course.

When the student has completed requirements for the certificate, the coordinator will notify the university registrar and the college from which the student will graduate. Upon the student’s graduation, completion of the Online Technical Writing Certificate will be noted on the official transcript and a certificate will be mailed to the student’s residence. Students who have graduated before completing the Online Technical Writing Certificate will receive the certificate in the mail and will have the certificate entered on their official transcripts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, certificate earners will be able to:

  • Revise and edit texts efficiently
  • Adjust style, tone, and format to best suit a professional context
  • Develop rhetorical flexibility as it pertains to shifting professional writing expectations
  • Identify various readers and stakeholders, and the situations in which they both operate
  • Accurately compose language that meets the needs of readers and stakeholders
  • Identify and solve real world problems via writing/composition
  • Design and create texts in various modes (e.g. digital, videos, alphabetic, auditory, and multiple/combined modes)
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply contextually appropriate rhetorical strategies and technologies to solve communication problems successfully and safely