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Writing and Digital Communication

Writing and Digital Communication (Graduate Certificate)

Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Writing and Digital Communication at Agnes Scott College?

  • Master the art of writing at a school with a strong writing tradition
  • Develop expertise in digital media and emerging technologies
  • Advance your knowledge of visual literacy, digital citizenship, and communication ethics
  • Learn strategies for anticipating and leading change in a digital world
  • Work with accomplished faculty who are immersed in the fields of writing and communication
  • Connect with members of Atlanta's exceptionally vibrant, diverse media, corporate, and nonprofit communities
  • Choose to continue beyond the certificate to earn a master's degree from Agnes Scott
  • Prepare for a variety of careers that require advanced communications skills: digital strategy, public relations, digital journalism, marketing, strategy consulting, advertising, corporate communications, visual analysis, etc.

The Writing and Digital Communication graduate certificate program prepares students to be leaders in professional and public fields that require advanced digital communication with diverse global audiences.

Through a blend of innovative courses that focus on writing, communication, digital design, and accessibility, students learn how to use established and emerging technologies to convey information and to engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Classes meet Saturdays and evenings; some courses have an online component. Drawing on Agnes Scott’s strong tradition of teaching and valuing writing, the program emphasizes writing in its core curriculum and in an array of electives. Guest speakers and mentors from Atlanta’s extensive digital media, nonprofit and corporate communities and as well as internships and job shadowing opportunities bring relevant professional connections to the program.

Students completing the Writing and Digital Communication Graduate Certificate program will be prepared for a variety of careers that require advanced communication skills, such as digital strategy, public relations, digital journalism, marketing, strategy consulting, advertising, publishing, corporate communications, visual analysis, etc.

6 courses (18credit hours)*

4 core courses
2 electives

*Credits earned in the Graduate Certificate can apply toward the MA degree in Writing and Digital Communication

Admission to any graduate certificate program is granted by the assistant dean of graduate and extended programs upon the recommendation of the program director. All relevant material must be received by the director of graduate admission by the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. Deadlines are listed in the Agnes Scott catalog and available on the website. 

General admission requirements:
  • A completed application and $50 application fee
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants will be required to upload a statement of purpose with their admission application.  Please write a statement of current and future career plans as they relate to Writing and Digital Communication.  In doing so, please cite relevant professional. academic. and personal experiences that influenced the decision to apply for graduate admission and to obtain a graduate certificate.  The statement should not exceed 800 words and must be written in English.  
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work. We accept transcripts via mail, eScript and/or Parchment Services, and National Student Clearinghouse
  • There is no GRE requirement
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters must be academic letters
  • A 20 page writing sample not to exceed 20-25 double-spaced pages.  The writing sample may be a single piece of writing, an excerpt from a longer work, or a collection of several pieces of writing combined into a single PDF.  Writing samples must be in English.