Online Certificate in Writing
The Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are excited to announce that the Certificate in Writing is now available online. Designed with the intention of reaching students who are not able to attend courses on campus, our online program allows nondegree-seeking, professional, or distance education participants the opportunity to take advantage of the University of Iowa’s impressive culture of writing from anywhere in the world.
Features of the Program
- Certificate in Writing awarded by the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Online courses taught by engaging faculty, including graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Nonfiction Writing Program
- Accessible academic advising with available phone appointments and detailed email correspondence
- Students taking only online courses pay standard College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in-state tuition, plus a technology fee. To see current and projected tuition rates for the certificate, please visit the Registrar's Tuition Tables. In the upper right corner, select the session of interest and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Then filter by learning center to "Online."
To Declare the Online Certificate in Writing
New students who are only pursuing this certificate:
- Complete the Nondegree Students application at the Office of Admissions website. You will need to set up a user account and password to complete the application.
- When prompted for a college select College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (current professional and international students welcome!), and indicate that you're pursuing undergraduate coursework.
- In the Purpose of Attending box, enter Online Certificate in Writing. Off-campus students earning a degree or certificate online must declare the program of study with the “online qualifier.” This qualifier allows distance learners to be identified and for related data to be collected.
- Undergraduate admission requirements and application information can be found here: http://admissions.uiowa.edu
- No extra application or writing sample is required
Current UI students who want to add this certificate to their program of study:
- Current students can declare the Certificate in Writing on MyUI by going to the Student Records tab and selecting "Programs of Study and Advisors" in the Advising section.
- Or, stop in at 120 SH and ask the front desk staff to help you declare the certificate.
Online Certificate in Writing Requirements and Available Courses
Certificate in Writing students must complete the following courses, adding up to between 21 and 23 semester hours. Please check back as we continue to add to our pool of online courses. Since on-campus and online sections of each course are often taught in the same semester, when enrolling on MyUI, be sure to choose the section with the section number EX*, and a delivery mode of World Wide Web. Note that most of our online offerings are asynchronous (work can be completed at any time, there is no set meeting time); however, please pay close attention to course listing on MyUI, as some online courses do have set meeting days/times.
Introductory Course (2 s.h. required)
- WRIT:1500 Writing Commons: A Community of Writers, 2 s.h.
Core Courses (9 s.h. required)
- CLSA:3742 Word Power: Building English Vocabulary, 3 s.h.
- CW:4745 The Sentence: Strategies for Writing, 3 s.h.
- CW:4760 The Art of Revision: Writing for Clarity, 3 s.h.
Focused Electives (9 s.h. required, select from at least two categories)
Writing for the Professions
- INTD:3005 Professional and Creative Business Communication, 3 s.h.
- EALL:4130 Introduction to Grant Writing, 3 s.h.
- COMM:1816 Business and Professional Communication, 3 s.h.
Writing and the Literary Arts
- CW:2100 Creative Writing, 3 s.h.
- CW:2870 Fiction Writing, 3 s.h.
- CW:3870 Advanced Fiction Writing, 3 s.h.
- CW:3875 Advanced Poetry Writing, 3 s.h.
- CW:4897 Novel Writing, 3 s.h.
- THTR:2301 Playwriting I, 3 s.h.
- THTR:3301 Playwriting II, 3 s.h.
Capstone (1 s.h. required)
- WRIT:4001 Guided Capstone Portfolio, 1 s.h. (offered fall and spring)
More information on the Capstone requirements can be found here.
Academic Advising for the Online Certificate in Writing
Students pursuing the Online Certificate in Writing are encouraged to set up a meeting or a phone appointment with the Associate Director of the Magid Center to discuss their goals and plan for completion of the program. Appointments can be made by calling the Magid Center at 319.384.1328, or by stopping by 305N Communications Center during business hours (8:30am- 4:30pm).
Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The University of Iowa
305N Communications Center
Iowa City, IA 52242
Daniel Khalastchi, Director and Academic Advisor
305N Communications Center
Students currently enrolled in the program may schedule an appointment by going to the Student Records tab in MyUI and selecting "My Appointments" under the "My Advising" header. If you are not a current Writing Certificate student, please call 319.384.1328 and our front desk staff will help you schedule an appointment.. Please indicate in the "Notes" section if this will be a phone appointment. At your confirmed appointment time, please call 319.384.1328 to be connected with Daniel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to apply to the Online Certificate in Writing Program? The Certificate is open to any student admitted to the University of Iowa. No additional application is required to be admitted to the online program. To learn more about applying to the University, visit the Office of Admissions homepage at: http://admissions.uiowa.edu/
Can I complete the Online Certificate in Writing as an international student? Yes! The Certificate is open to any student admitted to the University of Iowa, including international students. Non-native speakers of English must meet minimum requirements on a TOEFL test to be addmitted to UI. To learn more about applying to the University, visit the Office of Admissions homepage at: http://admissions.uiowa.edu/
Will the Certificate transcript indicate that I was in an online program? No. Students who graduate by taking online courses earn the same credential as those in the on-campus program.
What jobs can I get with a Certificate in Writing? Recent Certificate in Writing graduates have gone on to work in various fields that are wide-ranging in scope and background. Our graduates have found work as teachers, copywriters, editors and publishers, government administrators, free-lance journalists, magazine writers, and more. Additionally, our graduates often go on to graduate and professional programs such as MFA programs, Teach For America, and law school. Finally, many of our recent graduates have found internships during and after their time in the program with publishing companies and magazines from across the country.
What does it cost to complete the Certificate in Writing online? The online tuition and fees paid by undergraduate students who are admitted to CLAS with the purpose of pursuing a program of study online (and thus are flagged with the online qualifier), such as the Certificate in Writing, are charged tuition according to the Liberal Arts & Sciences Resident tuition rate with the technology fee added. The other fees are not charged. An undergraduate distance learner, for example, admitted to CLAS for Fall 2017 who enrolls in one online course for 3 s.h. will pay $936.00 in tuition plus the $124.25 technology fee. The tuition and fees are the same for both resident and non-resident students. To see current and projected tuition rates for the certificate, please visit the Registrar's Tuition Tables. In the upper right corner, select the session of interest and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Then filter by learning center to "Online."
Here is an example of the total cost of the Certificate for a student pursuing it part-time, using fall 2017 tuition rates. Please note that this is just an example, and that rates are subject to change. The actual cost will depend on your individual case:
|Semester||Cost (tuition + fees)|
|Semester 1: 2 classes (Writing Commons and another Core course), 5 s.h.||$1,639.25|
|Semester 2: 2 classes (Core and/or Focused Elective), 6 s.h.||$2,004.50|
|Semester 3: 2 classes (Core and/or Focused Elective), 6 s.h.||$2,004.50|
|Semester 4: 2 classes (Focused Elective and Capstone), 4 s.h.||$1,336.25|