Graduate Certificate in Writing

Wesleyan’s Graduate Certificate in Writing is a six-course plan of study that allows you to enhance your creative, fiction, nonfiction or academic writing skills. The program's individualized plan of study is designed with working adults in mind, although you may elect to pursue full-time study. Courses are primarily offered in the evenings during the spring, summer and fall terms. 

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to be eligible to pursue this plan of study.

Certificate students complete a program of study consisting of five seminars/workshops and a capstone essay or creative project. Students may also elect to simultaneously pursue the MALS or MPhil degree. Students have up to six years to complete the requirements for the certificate.

Distribution Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Writing
  • 3 writing courses
  • 1 foundational writing option course in the humanities/alternate fourth writing course
  • 1 foundational writing option course in science or the social sciences/alternate fifth writing course
  • Capstone essay (academic, research-focused) or creative project (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, etc.)—each option requires a minimum 30 pages of writing

During your course of study, you will be advised on your academic plan and progress by the GLS associate director. A faculty member will advise your capstone essay or creative project.