Program Overview


What is a technical writing certificate?


Technical WritingPenn State Abington’s certificate program in Technical and Business Writing is designed for adult learners (degree or non-degree) who seek a competitive edge in the workplace, as well as for current undergraduate students preparing for careers in Web-based writing, software development, business, or public relations.

 Our program provides an opportunity for practical, professional development for individuals who aspire to improve their creative thinking skills and to become more effective communicators in our information-driven economy.

The program at Penn State Abington provides two tracks, allowing individuals to focus on either technical writing or business writing. Our curriculum includes instruction on technical writing, proposals, reports, research strategies, and presentations common to business, industry, and government. In keeping with the workplace, our program also provides instruction on document design, composing in multimedia, and Web-based writing, including how to create informative, persuasive, and creative Web pages and online texts.

To supplement our curriculum, students in Penn State Abington’s program are assigned a faculty mentor, create and maintain an e-portfolio, and have access to the campus’ Office of Career Services. Students can use the school’s resources to help find an internship or job or to make a career change. The program can be completed for 18 undergraduate credits.


See What Our Faculty Are Doing


Faculty teaching in this program have real-world experience in the field.  

Check out the website of one of our faculty members, Karin Rex.


Dr. Liliana Naydan
Dr. Liliana Naydan
Registration Information

Enrollment as a nondegree student does not imply admission to the university.

To register, complete our Undergraduate Nondegree Student Credit Application Mailed or fax to 215-881- 7825. In person – 121 Sutherland Building, Mon-Thur, 8am-9pm. or Fri, 8am-5pm.


Pay for your classes by submitting a check or money order by mail or in person at the Bursar's Office, 122A Sutherland (9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday).


Prior to the first day of the semester students may cancel their registration without financial penalty. Students scheduling classes after the first day of the semester will be assessed a late registration and late payment fee.