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Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificates provide additional certified training after only 15 hours of study.  Graduate Certificate admission and completion forms can be found on the Graduate Certificates website. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing are outlined below. Use the navigation menu to the right to find information on the department's other Graduate Certificate programs.

Graduate Certificate Program in Creative Writing


The USF English Department welcomes applications from students who wish to develop their skills as poets and writers of fiction and non-fiction. The certificate program provides a structured learning environment and supportive atmosphere for students who do not wish to pursue a traditional graduate degree in English. The program is also open to all USF students currently seeking the M.A. and Ph.D. in English or related fields, and who wish to gain a certified concentration in creative writing.

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Graduate Certificate Program in Creative Writing will be required to have earned a B.A. in English or a related discipline, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; submit a two to three page personal statement explaining their experiences with literary studies and why they wish to pursue the certificate; submit a sample of their creative work: either a selection of five poems or ten to twelve pages of fiction or non-fiction; and submit a graduate certificate department approval form available from the Graduate Certificates admissions page.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send an official copy of their undergraduate or graduate transcripts, their personal statement, their work samples, and their graduate certificate departmental approval form to:

Graduate Director
Department of English, CPR-107
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620-5550

Program Description and Courses

The program requires 15 hours of coursework for certification.

Six hours (two courses) of a core curriculum:

  • CRW 6130 Fiction Writing (3)
  • CRW 6164 Craft of Fiction (3)
  • CRW 6331 Poetry Writing (3)
  • CRW 6137 Nonfiction Writing (3)
  • CRW 6352 Craft of Poetry (3)
  • CRW 6025 Special Topics in Creative Writing (3)

Nine hours (three courses) of electives:

  • CRW 6130, 6331,6164, 6352, 6236, 6025, if not taken as part of the core curriculum
  • ENG 6018: Historical Survey of Literary Criticism
  • LIT 6096: Contemporary Literature
  • LIT 6934: Selected Topics (approved by the Creative Writing Coordinator or Graduate Director)
  • Any 6000-level literature course

Department Contact

To learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing, contact:

John Fleming
Program Coordinator, Creative Writing
Phone: (813) 974-9567