Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Program Director: Dr. Ben White
Program Overview:
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.
Program Highlights:
  • 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
Editors 27-3041
Technical Writers 27-3042


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
Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $250
 Admission Requirements
      • 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)