Professional Writing Certificates

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Professional Writing Certificates Overview

Be prepared—and stay ahead of the curve—with post-baccalaureate certificates in Technical & Grant Writing and Web Development. Both are 12-credit, fully-online certificates that prepare professionals to thrive in areas where clear communication is a must.
Application Deadline


We evaluate applications on a rolling basis; however, we recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.

Credits Required


Each certificate requires 12 credits and can be completed in one to two terms.

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Easily Transferrable

Continue Your Education

Credits can easily be transferred into Chatham’s Master of Professional Writing program.

Explore the Technical & Grant Writing and Web Development Certificates:

Students take a core group of three courses in their chosen concentration and fine-tune their expertise through one elective.

Our application cycle for fall 2022, spring 2023, and summer 2023 will open as we near the start of fall (August) 2021 courses.

If you have not already, please request info from Admissions to get updated communications from the graduate admissions department on availability of the new application cycle.

  • Resumé
  • Completed free online application
  • A bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts showing highest degree obtained

Admissions materials may be submitted to: 

Chatham University
Berry Hall
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: 412-365-1609
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Technical & Grant Writing

PWR606: Grant Writing

This course focuses on teaching the conventions and fundamentals of writing successful grants for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

PWR616: Technical Writing

This course teaches students how to prepare letter reports and technical reports about subjects that require technical explanations, diagrams, charts, and jargon understood by technical readers. In addition, this course teaches students how to present technical information to technical readers so they understand the concepts and can apply them in their work.

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Web Development

PWR673: Web Design and Development I

This course will provide an introduction to the technical skills needed for designing on-line content and interactive multimedia. Current multimedia tools for use in creating web-based products will be taught with ample opportunity for practice. Students learn authoring tools and multimedia techniques while covering topics, including non-text-based communication, integration of visuals, the animation of text and graphics, and digital video web-deployment. 

PWR662: Writing for Digital Media

This class will prepare students to enter these fields by teaching the strategies and skills needed to make compelling interactive experiences. Specifically, students will focus on developing their abilities to conceptualize, design, and create multimedia applications. Areas of focus will include: strategies for understanding and documenting audience needs and expectations; basics of effective user interface design; and typical process and artifacts involved with multimedia application development.

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Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.

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Why Earn a Post-baccalaureate Certificate?

Most industries these days require that employees gain new skillsets, but it's not always the right time to pursue a graduate degree. Post-baccalaureate certificates allow students to increase expertise (and value to their employer) in a quantifiable way at what is often a lower cost and lower time commitment than a formal degree.

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Step Into a Master's Degree

In addition to its immediate benefits, a post-baccalaureate certificate can also be a stepping stone into a Master's degree. Students can easily transfer their credits into Chatham's Master of Professional Writing program, gaining familiarity with the instructors and general material that makes for an exceptionally smooth graduate experience.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have held positions including senior vice president and publisher; director of alumni relations; assistant VP for communications management; e-learning instructional designer; grant writer; managing editor; staff writer; and more.

Best Practices

How to write a compelling grant proposal? How can we address the digital divide in healthcare communications? What’s the role of social media in non-profit campaigns? Investigate these and other best practices in strategic communication on our blog.