Graduate Certificate in Business and Professional Writing

The Graduate Certificate in Business and Professional Writing is 12 graduate hours. The certificate is designed to improve written communication skills required in current business settings, especially as related to marketing in social media. The graduate certificate can be added onto the MBA program in the College of Business or taken as an independent program. Students interested in this program should contact the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at 501.569.3160.

The program may be completed in traditional classroom settings, with a mix of face-to-face and online classes, or entirely online through the UALR Online campus, which offers a flat tuition rate.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the MBA program in the College of Business,
  • Or, one of the following criteria:
    • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale),
    • Undergraduate GPA in the last 60 hours of 3.0 or higher,
    • Undergraduate GPA in the last 30 hours of 3.2 or higher,
    • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for at least 15 hours of course credit.

Courses taken for the graduate certificate may be used as electives in the MBA program with approval of the MBA program coordinator.

Program Requirements

This graduate certificate requires 12 hours of graduate courses in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing.

Required Course (3 hours)

RHET 5306 Writing for Business and Government

Elective Courses (9 hours)

RHET 5304 Technical Style and Editing
RHET 5305 Document Design
RHET 5307 Writing Software Documentation
RHET 5325 Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Argument
RHET 5345 Topics in Persuasive Writing
RHET 5346 Topics in Technical Communications
RHET 5371 Writing for the Web
RHET 5372 Usability Testing and Design
RHET 5375 Grant Writing
RHET 7311 Rhetorical Theory
RHET 7313 Theory of Technical Communication
RHET 7320 Working with Writers