Sep 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates in English for Post-Baccalaureate Students.


  • three courses (9 semester hours)
  • can be completed in 2 semesters
  • no independent studies can apply

Application checklist

  • application as post-baccalaureate student
  • signed post-baccalaureate statement (submit to graduate school)
  • official transcripts (submit to graduate school)
  • Bachelor’s degree (submit evidence to graduate school on transcript)
  • letter of interest/essay (500 words) explaining how the certificate will benefit the student (submit to graduate school)
  • GRE not required
  • letters of recommendation not required

Candidates applying for a certificate program are not applying for admission to the Graduate School.  To enter a graduate program at MSU, a candidate formally would apply to the Graduate School and supply any additional information needed:  as examples, GPA (3.0 required for graduate-school admission), a standardized graduate-test score (GRE, GMAT, et al.), and evidence of required undergraduate background.  Consult catalog for details.

In some cases, based on the coordinator’s concerns with GPA or writing sample, the coordinator could offer conditional acceptance to the certificate program and require that specific conditions be met (such as the student’s completing an undergraduate leveling course and/or being restricted to taking only one graduate course the first semester enrolled).

A grade of B or better must be earned in any graduate course applied to completing the certificate.  For example, if a student earns a C in an initial course, to complete the certificate the student would need to take 3 additional courses and earn a B for each.  Students can remain in the program (i.e., continue taking classes) as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Students in their last 12 hours of BA study may apply to register for graduate-level courses (see catalog).  Students who receive authorization to do so may apply to transfer up to 6 completed graduate-course hours toward the certificate program.  However, they first will need formally to apply for and be accepted into the program. 

Certificate I: Graduate Certificate in English-Professional and Technical Communication

Outcome:  Students will gain knowledge to support an entry-level career in professional or technical communications.  As well, they will learn improved and diversified writing skills: how to compose academic, business, and technical writing; how to create content that meets the needs of different audiences; and how to manage writing projects and work in distributed teams.

Options-Choose Three (online courses):

Certificate II: Graduate Certificate in English-Literary Studies

Outcome:  Students will learn to analyze, interpret, and make connections between literary texts and to describe a broad range of genres, literary movements, and major authors. They also will improve their ability to write about literature, and thus their writing skills in general.

Options-Choose Three (evening courses and seminars):