The online Graduate Certificate in Computer Industry Writing prepares graduates to excel in technical writing and highlights the latest software tools used in the industry today.
10 - 12 months
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
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. Courses from this certificate also serve as a concentration the Master of Science in Technical Communication (MSTC). You can directly apply the certificate courses to the MSTC.
A flexible, completely on-line 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
Transfer your earned credits directly to the Master of Science in Technical Communication
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.
A graduate degree, certificate, or bootcamp from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
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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
Graduate Certificate in Computer Industry Writing General Requirements
TCC 6400 - Structured Documentation
TCC 6410 - Online Documentation
TCC 6430 - Writing for the Computer Industry
TCC 6440 - Advanced Writing for the Computer Industry
TCC 6630 - Introduction to XML
TCC 6150 - Writing Portfolio
Our signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students gain relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Northeastern offers a variety of ways for students to add experience to their resumé, including:
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
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