|Program Director: Dr. Ben White
The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing requires 15 hours of course credit. The Certificate is intended for writers wishing to pursue advanced, individualized study and practice in any genre(s): fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and multiple genre work.
- With a diverse and well-published writing faculty, the English Department will work with all students to develop an appropriate course plan to suit their needs.
- Most courses qualify for teachers’ re-certification and professional continuing education.
- A maximum of 9 hours of the certificate program courses, with approval of the chair, would be applicable for those wishing to pursue the M.A. in English.
Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:
Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
|Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders||Standard Occupation Code|
|Writers and Authors; Copy Writers; Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers||27-3043|
Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.
|Curriculum: 5 courses | 15 credits|
|Choose 5 Courses||Credits|
|ENG 508 Advanced Expository Writing
ENG 544 Rendering the Landscape
ENG 558 Contemporary Fiction: Form & Theory
ENG 585 Independent Study
ENG 591 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
ENG 592 Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop
ENG 593 Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop
- Bachelor’s degree in a Humanities field;
- GRE scores;
- A creative writing sample of 5-10 pages.
Certificate Application Essentials
How to apply:
- Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Creative Writing Certificate on the application form.
- Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)