Introduction to Graduate Writing

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Course Description

Improve Your Writing Skills for Graduate School Success: the Introduction to Graduate Writing Online Course is Ideal for International Scholars

For international students attending a Master’s or Doctoral (Ph.D.) program in the U.S., communicating through writing and presenting research are required skills, whatever the discipline.

Offered through the ’s English Language Academy, Introduction to Graduate Writing is an online graduate-level writing course that provides international scholars with the background, instruction, and practice needed to successfully write research papers.

Who is the Graduate Writing Skills Course For? 

Introduction to Graduate Writing is designed for non-native, English-speaking international students who wish to prepare for the rigors of writing research papers in a graduate-level academic program at a U.S. college or university, but who prefer to do so in an online, asynchronous format. Even though others may also benefit from this course, it is primarily geared toward international scholars with an advanced proficiency in English.

Course Details

Course Format: This course is offered in an asynchronous, online format.

Curriculum: This course is offered to you as a fully online, self-paced and self-directed learning experience. 

Instructors:  USD faculty, experienced in online teaching techniques, provide a stimulating online learning environment.  All instructors hold a Master's degree or higher.

Program Requirements: Advanced level of English proficiency.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
ELCP-X800 – 017 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled N/A $885

Introduction to Graduate Writing

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced

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Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the New Student Orientation and your online class.

What You Will Learn

Our graduate-level writing skills course is laser-focused on teaching participants how to write academic essays, specifically research papers. To get the most out of the course, students should already have solid writing skills and be ready to take the next step.

Introduction to Graduate Writing will cover:

  • The style and language of graduate writing
  • Understanding genre (form, content, and style of writing)
  • Conducting research and evaluating sources
  • Understanding APA style, commonly used in academic writing
  • Writing with sources and attribution
  • Synthesizing sources/annotating a bibliography
  • And more


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Learning Method Information

Courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational.

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Key Benefits of English Language Academy Courses

Dynamic, Practical Language Skills

Our individualized, skill-based placement system stimulates dynamic learning for students of varying levels of language proficiency with instruction that is tailored to their unique needs.

Sense of Community

Our faculty and staff engage students from around the globe in an enriching, high-quality educational experience where they also build friendships that help stimulate academic success.

Invested in Your Success

Our mission is to help each student thrive while developing the English language skills that position them to achieve personal, professional and academic goals.