George Mason University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professional Writing & Rhetoric


Office of Graduate Admissions

MS 6A3

Fairfax, VA 22030

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Professional Writing & Rhetoric

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Students who do not seek a full master’s degree may be interested in a graduate certificate in professional writing and rhetoric, which consists of courses oriented to workplace uses of language. In addition to the training in pragmatic skills offered, the curriculum is characterized by a self-reflexive attention to workplaces as institutions. Courses on research and theory in nonfiction writing complement instruction in editing, technical writing, digital publication, and other current practices. This certificate prepares students for roles as writers and editors in the private and public sectors. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of several programs in English and elsewhere. Part of the course work toward the certificate may be applied to those degrees with the approval of the director of the degree program.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GMU FAFSA Code: 003749

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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