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Graduate Certificate in Computer Industry Writing – Online

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Industry Writing provides in-demand technical writing and editing skills to help you advance as a technical communicator in your field.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Industry Writing delivers in-demand technical writing and editing skills used in high-tech companies. You’ll have the opportunity to develop several types of technical documentation, including online help, user manuals, screencasts, quick reference guides, and a DITA project. Our courses also give you ample exposure to popular software tools used by technical communicators in the field today.

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Unique Features

  • A flexible, completely online course delivery format lets you complete your certificate in as little as 10 months
  • Faculty are experts in the computer writing industry and seasoned online learning specialists
  • Experiential learning options are available to certificate students
  • You’ll wrap up your learning with a writing portfolio creation class to help prepare you for the job market

Program Outcomes

  • Develop key technical communication skills, such as writing, editing, researching, and collaborating with other writers.
  • Produce technical documents, such as a user manual, online help system, quick reference guide, and an online FAQ page.
  • Create a professional online portfolio to showcase your technical writing documentation projects.

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application 
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé 
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores requirement for nonnative English speakers

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Communications & Journalism alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • Boston Globe Media
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Harvard University
    • TechTarget
    • MIT
  • What They Do

    • Media and Communication
    • Marketing
    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Art and Design
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Social Media
    • Editing
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Public Speaking

 

Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

Did You Know?

Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Stackable Certificate:

Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication and the MPS in Digital Media.

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners.