Certificate in Business and Professional Writing

A photo of writers around a conference table working with iPadsThe Graduate Certificate in Business and Professional Writing is designed to improve written communication skills required in business, government, and technical settings.  This 12-hour certificate program is open to applicants from all disciplines and professions.

The Graduate Certificate in Business and Professional Writing can be added onto the MBA program in the College of Business or taken as independent program. Students interested in this certificate should contact Dr. Karen Kuralt, the graduate coordinator in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, by calling 501.569,8334 or via email at kmkuralt@ualr.edu.

This 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 and Procedures:

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria in order to be accepted to this program:

  • Admission to the MBA program in the College of Business
  • Cumulative 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

To apply, go to the UA Little Rock Graduate School website and click the “Apply Now” button on the main page. When you get to the second screen in the online application form, choose the program titled Business/Professional Writing – GC from the dropdown menu.

Once you have paid the $40 application fee, arranged for your transcripts to be sent to the Graduate School, and provided proof of your MMR vaccinations (for on-campus students), your application will be sent to the graduate coordinator for approval. You will usually be contacted with a decision on your application within 1 week. If more than 1 week passes and you have not received a decision letter, please contact Dr. Karen Kuralt (kmkuralt@ualr.edu).

We accept applications for this program year-round. Once you are accepted into the program, you will be eligible to enroll in classes at the start of the next semester.

  • Spring courses usually begin in early January.
  • Accelerated summer courses begin in late May (1st 5 weeks) and early July (2nd 5 weeks).
  • Fall courses usually begin in mid-August.
  • Some 8 week-courses may begin in March or October.

Completing your application early enables you to enroll while the widest selection of classes is available. However, you can complete your application as late as the first week of classes in some cases and still be able to start a course that semester.

Financial Aid

Please note that because this certificate is only 12 credit hours, it is not currently eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans or graduate assistantships. We encourage applicants to discuss possible tuition reimbursement plans with their employers. Please email the graduate coordinator, Dr. Kuralt (kmkuralt@ualr.edu), to discuss options if you are unable to enroll without financial assistance.

Applying credits toward the MBA or MA in Professional and Technical Writing

Courses taken for this graduate certificate may be used as electives in the MBA program with approval of the MBA program coordinator. Courses taken for this graduate certificate may also be used as electives toward the MA in Professional and Technical Writing with approval of the graduate coordinator. Students may choose to enroll concurrently in both the MA in Professional and Technical Writing and this graduate certificate if desired.

Program Requirements

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

Required Course (3 credits)

RHET 5306 Writing for Business and Government

Elective Courses (9 credits)

  • RHET 5304 Technical Style and Editing
  • RHET 5305 Document Design
  • RHET 5307 Writing Software Documentation
  • RHET 5322 Advanced Editing
  • RHET 5325 Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Argument
  • RHET 5346 Topics in Technical Writing
  • RHET 5371 Writing for the Web
  • RHET 5372 Usability Testing and Design
  • RHET 5375 Grant Writing
  • RHET 7311 Rhetorical Theory
  • RHET 7311 Theory of Technical Communication
  • RHET 7320 Working with Writers

Additional electives may be approved by the graduate coordinator.