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Apply to an Advanced Graduate Certificate program

We admit new students for the Fall and Spring semesters only.

While many of our Advanced Certificate students have a master's degree in technical communication, we also welcome applicants with accredited master's degrees from other disciplines.

Out-of-discipline students may, on evaluation of their application materials, require preparatory coursework. We offer transition-level courses (5000-level) for students who may need to increase their competencies in writing, graphics, or information literacy. Please see our transition course listings for more information.


Advanced Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication (18 credit hours)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Content Strategy (18 credit hours)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design (18 credit hours)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communications Management (18 credit hours)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in User Experience (18 credit hours)

Students applying to the Advance Graduate Certificates must have:
  • master's degree from an accredited institution

Before starting the application process: Please contact Ms. Donna McPherson at dmcphers@spsu.edu and provide her with your name, email, and degree/certificate selection. Ms. McPherson will help you with the process and follow-up on your application. 

To complete the application process with the Graduate School, students must submit the following to Graduate Admissions:

  • completed application form. You apply online through the Graduate School's application center.
  • application fee of $50. This is non-refundable and payable online.
  • transcripts. One official sealed transcript sent directly from each college attended.
  • immunization certification. Please print and sign the waiver on the back stating enrollment in online courses only.
  • statement of purpose essay. See the Graduate School's information on the statement of purpose essay.
  • professional resume. This resume details current and previous work experience

To complete the application process with the department, students must write an essay. This essay is timed; topics are provided by the department.

  • Contact the Program Assistant, Donna McPherson, tcom@spsu.edu, or 678-915-7202, to schedule a day and time to write the essay.

    The essay topic and instructions will be sent via email, on the day scheduled. The applicant is responsible for timing the essay and sending an electronic copy back to the department within two hours of beginning the essay.
NOTE: Based on the Admission Committee’s evaluation of the packet, some applicants may be required to take IDC 6001 as a mandatory elective in the certificate program.


Your application materials are due for consideration by these dates:

  • July 1 for Fall Semester (begins mid-August)
  • November 1 for Spring Semester (begins early January)

Admission Decisions

The Graduate Review Committee, made up of department faculty, will evaluate your application materials packet. They will assess your submission carefully and determine your suitability for admission to your program of choice.

The committee meets immediately after the application deadline passes. Because admission decisions need to be made quickly, they will only consider completed applications. The Graduate Review Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any application.

You'll be notified in writing once a decision is made on your application.


Your application materials are due for consideration by these dates:

  • July 1 for Fall Semester (begins mid-August)
  • November 1 for Spring Semester (begins early January)

Send all your application materials to:

Donna McPherson, Program Assistant
English, Technical Communication & Media Arts Department
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Atrium Building, J333
Marietta, GA 30060


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