Graduate Certificates

Professional Writing

What is Professional Writing?

The certificate program in Professional Writing is geared primarily toward working professionals who seek to extend their writing and publishing skills and to gain a more solid academic foundation for their current practices.

The certificate can make working professionals more competitive in today’s job market by extending their skills and introducing them to a wide variety of career opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

All applications are given careful and individual review. In some cases, students who do not meet the required GPAs may be admitted.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. BA in English is preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.5

Application Requirements

Step One: Online Application

You will be required to submit the following materials as part of the Online Application:

  1. Letter of Intent: State academic goals and professional objectives
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. Writing samples (combine all samples into one document): Two substantial pieces of expository writing, 15 to 20 pages each (one of which is academic, if possible) or several shorter pieces (such as articles, reports, or instructions)

Step Two: Required Supplementary Materials

  1. Two letters of recommendation (no form required): Recommenders will submit letters through the Online system.
  2. Transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended should be submitted to the mailing address below.
  3. Proof of English Proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.

Submit transcripts to:

Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati 110 Van Wormer Hall P.O. Box 210627 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627


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

Quick Facts

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Degree in Professional Writing

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


Phone: 513-556-3906
Kevin Newman