Graduate Certificate in Writing


Spalding’s Graduate Certificate in Writing offers a full semester of intensive study taught by faculty of our low residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing, nationally recognized as a Top 10 program. In the certificate program, you’ll earn 15 hours of graduate academic credit and have the option to matriculate into Spalding’s MFA or MAW program. This way, you can earn a graduate certificate on the way to completing a master’s degree and for about the same costs as the master’s degree alone. Learn why serious writers choose to study at Spalding.

Writers can use their Spalding certificate studies to pursue their literary passion or to focus on teaching. The certificate semester provides the time, focus and mentoring expertise that can make all the difference in a memoir, screenplay or other creative writing project. And a certificate with a focus on teaching can prove crucial in helping educators advance their careers.

The certificate program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children & young adults, screenwriting and playwriting. Students may also focus on teaching. Students complete a week-long residency on campus or virtually alongside MAW and MFA students. Virtual residencies, which offer the same immersive curriculum as students receive on campus, are taught live in real time by our outstanding MFA faculty. Residency is followed by an independent study course in which students write extensively and receive detailed feedback from an MFA faculty member. And our virtual Business of Writing Seminars offer insights into editing, publishing and career options. This low-residency model makes graduate study possible for students with full-time jobs and substantial family commitments.


A BA or BS is the minimum education requirement.

Tuition is affordable, and financial aid is available.

The certificate can be earned in six to nine months, depending on the student’s preferred pace of study.

Application deadlines

  • March 1: application deadline for spring semester, starting in May with residency on campus
  • April 1: application deadline for summer semester, starting in June with a virtual residency
  • August 1: Application deadline for fall semester, starting in November with residency on campus

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