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Creative Writing Graduate Certificate (online)

Certificate Overview

The Certificate in Creative Writing is designed for students looking to prepare their creative writing for publication and/or for preparing materials to apply to MFA or PhD programs; to learn about the marketplace for creative writing; to become a member of a writing community and to gain valuable experience from working with actively publishing professional writers. The program offers courses in poetry and prose throughout the year, as well as during the summer. This program is offered 100% online. 

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Requirements and Curriculum

Students must complete 12 credits from any of the following courses:
ENGL 8020 Creative Writing
ENGL 9012 The Practice of Poetry
ENGL 9017 Genre, Adaptation, & Hybridity
ENGL 8055 The Robert Cormier Collection
ENGL 9075 Topics Courses, for example, Craft of Creative Writing; Genres of Creative Writing (Historical, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy); Creative Writing Pedagogy; Research for Creative Writing; Fiction/Nonfiction Workshop, and Poetry Workshop. The courses will vary with professor of record.

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 10 page sample of creative writing
  • Graduate application and fee


100% online delivery

Total Credits

12 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as little as 1 year, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates could get a job as an editor, freelance writer, novelist, or professor, or they could pursue an MFA or a doctoral program. 

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