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Program Overview

The UMSL/Missouri S&T Online Certificate in Technical Writing requires 18 hours in selected online courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, including a capstone course.

Courses are shared between UMSL’s English and Missouri S&T’s English and Technical Communication departments. The online format, paired with 16- and 8-week courses, give students and working professionals the flexibility they need to prepare themselves more broadly for the future. Twelve of the 18 hours must be taken at UMSL. Courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. 

How Does It Work?

Shared S&T courses are given UMSL course numbers and UMSL Teachers of Record, so UMSL students can sign up for shared courses like they would any other UMSL course. Once enrolled, the UMSL student logs into the course online and works directly with the S&T professor and S&T students to complete activities and course assignments. At the end of the course, the UMSL Teacher of Record assigns a grade, which is recorded on the student’s official transcript.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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