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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.
- 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
- 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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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.
- 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
Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.
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Cost and Tuition
Estimated Total Tuition
This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.
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.
|November 2, 2020||International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)|
|December 7, 2020||International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)|
|January 1, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)|
|February 12, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)|
|February 8, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|March 8, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|April 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)|
|May 14, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)|
|May 10, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|June 7, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 19, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|August 23, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|September 7, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)|
|October 18, 2021||Domestic 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
What They Do
- Media and Communication
- Business Development
- Art and Design
What They're Skilled At
- Social Media
- Public Relations
- Public Speaking
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.
Career Opportunities and Services
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).
Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication and the MPS in Digital Media.
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By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners.