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Parry-Giles, Shawn J., Full Member

Assistant Director

Kaufer, Mollie, Adjunct Member

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Professional Communication for Enhanced English Fluency (online) (Z106)   

Program Title and Classification

Professional Communication for Enhanced English Fluency (online)

Graduate Certificate Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Professional Communication for Enhanced English Fluency (EEF) provides specialized instruction in professional speaking (voice, diction, pronunciation), professional writing (style, grammar), speaking and writing across professional communication contexts (e.g., business, health, law, politics, science), and professional speech writing. Students also advance their critical thinking and vocabulary skills through courses focused on the rhetorical analyses of public texts (e.g., debates, laws, speeches, judicial decisions), which will deepen students' knowledge of rhetoric and political culture nationally and internationally. Those enrolling in Z106 will take classes online.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

*Visa Eligibility: Z106 is not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
16 May
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
13 Mar

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

18 credits required

Core courses:

COMM 618: Professional Communication: Rhetoric and Style (3 credits)

COMM 638: Professional Communication: Rhetoric and Voice (3 credits)

COMM 708: Professional Communication: Rhetoric and Context (3 credits)

COMM 655: Seminar in Speech Writing (3 credits)

Select two courses: 

COMM 601: Historical, Critical Research in Communication (3 credits)

COMM 604: Argumentation (3 credits)

COMM 670: Seminar in Listening (3 credits)

COMM 748: Seminar—Rhetoric of the Presidency (3 credits)

COMM 760: Seminar in Political Communication (3 credits)

COMM 768: Seminar in Public Address (3 credits)





Dr. Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Professor and Chair

2130 Skinner Bldg

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: +1-301-405-6527


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professional communication, English fluency, professional writing, professional speaking