Writing, Composition and Rhetoric Certificate of Graduate Study

The Writing, Composition and Rhetoric Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) for teachers and other writing professionals improves students’ knowledge of contemporary theories, issues, and practices in writing and writing instruction. Students develop their writing abilities by analyzing their own writing and the writing of published professionals. Courses emphasize composition theory, writing assessment, and the role of technology in writing.


The Rowan University Writing: Composition and Rhetoric Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) program requires the completion of 9 semester hours (s.h.).


The following courses make up the Writing, Composition and Rhetoric Certificate of Graduate Study program.

Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MAWR 01549 Issues in Composition Studies 3
MAWR 01556 Assessment of Writing 3
MAWR 01555 Writing for Electronic Communities 3
Total Program Semester Hours: 9

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Essay: 

    • Topic: Describe the kind of writing you see yourself doing in your professional life or how you might use this program to advance your teaching career. Educational goals beyond the master’s level, if applicable, are also relevant. Try to place your objectives within a context that includes your past experience. Especially given that this is a writing program, use the statement as an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Writing, Composition and Rhetoric Certificate of Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Spring 2020 01/21/2020 11/01/2019
Fall 2020 09/01/2020 08/01/2020