Dec 07, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Creative Writing Graduate Certificate

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The USF English department offers advanced degrees in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Creative Writing. Faculty members include award‐winning authors, which benefits the wide range of students interested in developing their own creative writing skills. The Creative Writing Certificate provides expert instruction, a supportive atmosphere, and a well‐structured program. The Graduate Certificate fulfills the needs for both degree seeking (internal) and non‐degree seeking (external) students. It provides students enrolled in traditional graduate programs with opportunity to develop their writing skills, widen the scope of their graduate education, and enhance their employment opportunities. Additionally, it provides an ideal learning environment for students who, although not pursuing a Master’s degree in English, want to acquire the necessary skills for creative writing.

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Admissions Requirements

Must meet University Graduate Admissions and English Proficiency requirements.  In addition, must also meet the following:

  • B.S. in English or related discipline
  • minimum GPA 3.30
  • minimum GPA 3.50 in the major
  • a writing sample

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.



Requirements of this Certificate (15 Credit Hours)

The program requires 15 hours coursework for certification. Six hours (two courses) of a core curriculum. Select two:


Three courses, or 9 credit hours of electives are selected from the elective course list below. Electives may also be selected from the list of core courses and must be approved by the certificate coordinator

Time Limit

2 years

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

The certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.


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