Creative Writing (Certificate)

Program Availability

Want to explore imaginative writing and learn how literature and the creative process work? Creighton’s Certificate in creative writing is ideal for those looking to add writing fundamentals to expand their creativity or enhance their careers.

You can take courses during the day, in the evening—or both—to fit your busy life. You’ll study with faculty who are graduates of the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, accomplished writers and caring mentors. And, when you finish, you’ll have a valuable certificate from Creighton University, an institution with more than 130 years of academic excellence.


There are many career-enhancing outcomes with certificates from Creighton University.

If you have not yet begun a college degree, this certificate could be your first step, with credits usually meeting some of the major requirements for a degree.

Already completed a bachelor’s degree? This program could bring you personal enrichment or strengthen your career options by improving your writing skills and creativity.

What You'll Learn

  • Creative writing basics, as well as knowledge of narrative forms and poetry
  • An appreciation for literature
  • Hands-on instruction in writing under the guidance of experienced professional writers


College of Professional Studies students can earn an undergraduate certificate in creative writing by successfully completing a total of 21 credits. See the complete curriculum for the undergraduate certificate.

Prospective students who have already completed an undergraduate degree can pursue a graduate certificate in creative writing by completing 24 credits.


Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit

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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Manuscript of original writing: 6-8 pages of poetry or 10-15 pages of fiction


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

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