Texas Tech University

Grants & Proposals Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Grants and Proposals (CG&P), offered by the Department of English, helps students build their credentials in technical communication with a focus on professional grant and proposal writing.

Program Overview

Students in this program will augment their writing and editing skills, learn strategies for composing professional grant proposals, and earn professional credentials from Texas Tech's world-class Technical Communication and Rhetoric program. Students completing G&P certification will gain real-world writing and editing experience through 15 hours (minimum) of online/onsite courses: 2 courses in grant-writing, 1 course in editing, 1 research methods course, and an elective course.

Texas Tech's Technical Communication and Rhetoric program offers

  • A well-established degree program and faculty in technical communication
  • A classification as the representative M.A. program nationwide in Education in Scientific and Technical Communication: Academic Programs That Work, ed. Michael L. Keene (Society for Technical Communication, 1997). Chapter 3.
  • National leadership in computers and writing pedagogy
  • A record of student achievement and job placement
  • A program "culture" that emphasizes personal attention
  • An award-winning chapter of the Society for Technical Communication

Program Website

Application Process

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School as a GCRT student. Indicate that your primary location code is "distance" if you plan to pursue the certificate online and Lubbock if you plan to attend courses in person.
    • Complete the  Graduate Admissions application as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Students pursuing a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School.
    • International students: you must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  2. Submit all of the following materials in one email to english.tc@ttu.edu. Email subject line must read "Certificate Application" or similar:
  • Completed Graduate Application for Admission form
  • Current resume/vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Distance Learning Agreement (if you're applying to an online program)
  • A 500-700 word essay indicating the following:
    • Your interest in grants and proposal writing.
    • Any previous experience with grant and proposal writing.
    • How the certificate fits in with your career goals and objectives, specifically how it will advance your career.
    • If applicable -- if you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, how completing the course int he graduate certificate complements your degree plan.

Deadlines for Application

CG&P applications are accepted at any time, but they are reviewed twice each year, according to the following deadlines:

  • Submit by August 1 to begin your program in spring semester of the next year.
  • Submit by December 15 to begin your program in fall semester of the next year.

Financial Aid

Students in certificate programs are not directly eligible for financial aid, and typically students who are not taking at least two courses per semester are not eligible for aid. However, part-time students in the CG&P program may be eligible for scholarship funding through the Helen Devitt Jones Foundation.

Contact the TTU Graduate School for further information about financial assistance opportunities.


Students enrolled in the Certificate in Grants & Proposals take a minimum of 15 credit hours of courses (5 courses). Of those, twelve hours are taken in four required (core) courses and three hours are electives chosen from advanced theory and practice courses.

All courses are offered both onsite and online.

Core Courses (4 courses/12 hours)

Course Name
ENGL 5391 Grants and Proposals for Nonprofits
ENGL 5393 Grants and Proposals for the Academy and Industry
ENGL 5379 Empirical Research Methods
ENGL 5374 Technical Editing

Elective (Choose 1 course)

Course Name
ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication
ENGL 5393 Technical Reports
ENGL 5375 Document Design
ENGL 5376 Online Publishing
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
ENGL 5382 Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine
ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature
ENGL 5386 Written Discourse and Social Issues
ENGL 5387 Publications Management
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication

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