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Creative Writing

What is Creative Writing?

The creative writing certificate is designed for students who wish to write poems and/or fiction, to improve their writing and abilities through workshops taught by practitioners and possibly to go on to graduate programs in creative writing and careers that are involved with literature, such as teaching and editing. The program is also designed for students who wish to broaden their perspectives of literature to include that of the writer.

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Creative Writing

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



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Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069
Phone: (513) 556-5924
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