Department of English

UNCW Graduate school students Elisabeth (l) and Erin O'Quinn pose underneath the balcony at the Fisher Student Center.  Photo by Jeff Janowski/UNCW
(Photo above) UNCW Graduate school students Elisabeth (l) and Erin O'Quinn pose underneath the balcony at the Fisher Student Center. Photo by Jeff Janowski/UNCW

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science and Medical Writing

MA Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Meghan Sweeney
Certificate Coordinator: Dr. Colleen Reilly

The Department of English offers a 15-hour post-baccalaureate certificate in science and medical writing designed for graduate students and working professionals. The courses in this program will help advanced students to improve their ability to produce print and electronic genres, including research papers, grant applications, graphics, and social media, that will aid them to advance their work and move forward in their careers. The program can be completed online to allow working professionals and graduate students maximum flexibility.

Certificate Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate program, students will develop advanced proficiencies in the following:

  • Analyzing complex rhetorical situations [SMW1]
  • Selecting and composing appropriate print and electronic genres to advance projects in a range of organizational contexts [SMW2]
  • Using digital applications to compose and design effective texts [SMW3]
  • Crafting texts that communicate clearly and ethically to a range of global, cross cultural, and/or transdisciplinary audiences [SMW4]
  • Using primary and secondary research about the user experience (UX) to develop effective texts and designs [SMW5]

Certificate requirements (15 total credit hours)

Core courses (6 hours)
All four core courses will be offered online in the semesters designated below

   ENG 575. Professional Science Writing* (3, fall semesters)
   Must complete one course from the following list:
   ENG 576. Writing in the Medical and Health Professions (3, spring semesters)
   ENG 577. Grant and Proposal Writing (3, fall semesters)
   ENG 578. Science Writing for Cross-cultural and Global Audiences (3, spring semesters)

Elective hours can come from the following courses: at least one elective will be offered online each summer (9 hours)*

   ENG 551. Studies in Professional Writing (3)
   ENG 552. Rhetoric and Culture (3)
   ENG 556. Qualitative Research in English Studies (3)
   ENG 557. Theory and Practice of Technical Communication (3)
   ENG 576. Writing in the Medical and Health Professions (3)
   ENG 577. Grant and Proposal Writing (3)
   ENG 578. Science Writing for Cross-cultural and Global Audiences (3)
   ENG 579. Environmental Writing (3)
   ENG 598. Internship in Applied English Studies (1-3)

*Students can transfer 3 hours from another department or UNC system university with the approval of the coordinator of the certificate program.

How to Apply

Graduate students in English are not eligible to earn a separate certificate but will earn a concentration instead and should contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Meghan Sweeney, for details.

Applicants who seek admission to the post-baccalaureate certificate in science and medical writing must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution based on a four-year program, and have a strong overall academic record with a "B" average or better in the basic courses required in the area of the proposed certificate program.

To apply for admission to the post-baccalaureate certificate in science and medical writing, the candidate must submit the following:

  1. An application for admission to the graduate school
  2. Official transcripts of all prior university or college coursework (undergraduate and graduate)
  3. A professional resume
  4. A personal statement (500-600 words) describing reasons for pursuing the certificate

Deadlines

The deadline for fall admission is July 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST of that same year. The deadline for spring admission (of the following year) is November 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST.