The online Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication is designed to provide students with an introduction to the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively in a 21st century information environment.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

Employers in all sectors consistently rank communication skills as being crucial to success and indicate an ongoing need for employees at all levels who can communicate effectively. However, today’s ability to communicate effectively requires not only traditional verbal skills, but also facility with visual communication, with digital media, and with the tools used to create and produce communication.

The online Technical Communication graduate certificate enables students to extend or develop technical communication knowledge and skills that they can apply in their workplace, regardless of discipline. The certificate provides students with both conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills in technical communication. The certificate is an excellent complement to engineering fields and other technical disciplines; it is also an effective way for entry-level technical communicators to strengthen their credentials.

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The certificate is not designed to provide students with the type of comprehensive curriculum they would get from a master’s degree. If students already have experience in technical communication, layering the certificate on top of it can make them suitable for a range of positions, including:


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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