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 a literary passion or to advance a career. The professional track provides a leg up in careers in which writing skills are highly valued. A semester in the creative writing track provides the time, focus, and mentoring expertise that can make all the difference in a memoir, screenplay, or other creative writing project. Employers sometimes reimburse educational expenses.

The certificate program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children & young adults, screenwriting, playwriting and professional writing and editing. Students complete a week-long residency on campus or abroad alongside MAW and MFA students, followed by an independent study course in which they write extensively and receive detailed feedback from an MFA faculty member. 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 are February 1 for spring and summer semesters, August 1 for fall semester.

We welcome veterans.

We are members of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, SCBWI and the Playwrights’ Center.

Spalding is the world’s first certified Compassionate University.

You can get to know our faculty and directors on our blog.

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