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 are members of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, SCBWI and the Playwrights’ Center.
Learn more about applying What can you do with a creative writing degree? All English majors are required to take two writing intensive courses from among the following: ENG 334, 337, 448.
Program graduate Marshal Carper '09 is a freelance writer and content marketing consultant. She is the author of three novels -The Tapestry Baby, Without Wings and Winsome's Delight - and the short story collection The Paradise Ranch. At least 42 credits of the required 120 credits must include upper division (300-400 level) courses.
ENG605 is completed from home and does not include a residency component.
Alumni of the MFA in Writing program include a former poet laureate of Kentucky, nationally bestselling authors, feature film scriptwriters, and winners of prestigious awards in every area of writing that the program offers.
Students complete a 10-day 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. Tuition is affordable, and financial aid is available.
Students in the certificate and MAW programs meet the same admission standards as MFA students, and students in all three programs attend the same residencies and are taught by MFA faculty.
This arrangement allows both certificate and MAW students to advance seamlessly into the MFA program if desired.