Creative Writing Certificate of Graduate Study

Creative Writing Certificate of Graduate Study

Creative Writing Certificate of Graduate Study

The Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Creative Writing will provide students with the opportunity to develop their voice, literary vision, and individual style through workshop settings. Students will learn to engage in a process of composition that, when combined with the development of a critical vocabulary, allows them to give, receive, and use criticism in their revisions. The courses completed for this certificate may be able to be applied to the required coursework in Rowan's Master of Arts in Writing. For more information on the MA in Writing, click here.

Students can use the coursework from this certificate and apply it toward the Master of Arts in Public Relations program.



The Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Creative Writing is a part-time program that requires the completion of 9 graduate semester hours (3 courses) which are possible to complete in 3 to 4 consecutive semesters.


  • 3 Courses / 9 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: No
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 9 S.H.
MAWR 02505 Poetry Workshop 3
MAWR 02515 Creative Nonfiction Workshop 3
MAWR 02520 Writing the Novel 3
MAWR 02521 Writing and Publishing the Nonfiction Book 3
MAWR 02522 Nonfiction Workshop 3
MAWR 02523 Writing the Memoir 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Essay:

    • Topic: Describe the kind of writing you see yourself doing in your professional life or how you might use this program to advance your teaching career. Educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant. Try to place your objectives within a context that includes your past experience. Especially given that this is a writing program, use the statement as an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Creative Writing Certificate of Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 August 1
Spring January 19 November 1