Creative Writing


The USF English department offers advanced degrees in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Creative Writing. Faculty members include award-winning authors, which benefits the wide range of students interested in developing their own creative writing skills. The Creative Writing Certificate provides expert instruction, a supportive atmosphere, and a well-structured program. The Graduate Certificate fulfills the needs for both degree seeking (internal) and non-degree seeking (external) students. It provides students enrolled in traditional graduate programs with opportunity to develop their writing skills, widen the scope of their graduate education, and enhance their employment opportunities. Additionally, it provides an ideal learning environment for students who, although not pursuing a Master's degree in English, want to acquire the necessary skills for creative writing.

Course Location/Delivery

This graduate certificate curriculum is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in English or a related discipline. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and 3.5 in major coursework

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following:

  • Writing sample


None are required


The program requires 15 hours of coursework for certification. Six hours (two courses) of a core curriculum

  • CRW 6130 Fiction Writing
  • CRW 6164 Craft of Fiction
  • CRW 6331 Poetry Writing
  • CRW 6236 Non-fiction Writing


Three courses, or 9 credit hours of electives are selected from the elective course list below:

  • ENG 6018: Historical Survey of Literary Criticism
  • LIT 6096: Contemporary Literature
  • LIT 6934: Selected Topics (approved by the Creative Writing Coordinator or Graduate Director)
  • Any 6000-level literature course

Electives may also be selected from the list of core courses and must be approved by the certificate coordinator

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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