These undergraduate certificates can be applied to any major or program, including students already enrolled in an English program. 

Creative Writing

This 15-credit hour undergraduate certificate will equip students with the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to make successful contributions to the literary arts. It will prepare students for graduate work in the ever-expanding field of Creative Writing, and will foster skills relevant to a variety of careers including professional writing, publishing, editing, teaching, and advertising.

Students in the program have the opportunity to:

  • Be mentored by CMU's award-winning Creative Writing Faculty, all of whom are widely published authors
  • Join a thriving Creative Writing community which includes the Meijer Visiting Writers Series and the Wellspring Literary Series, both of which bring nationally prominent poets and fiction authors for readings and Creative Writing classroom visits
  • Join the student writing groups including The Fiction Collective, The Poets' Collective, and contribute to the literary journal Temenos

For more information view the Creative Writing Brochure.

Questions? Ready to sign? Contact Jeffrey Bean at

Technical and Professional Writing

"As a part time freelance editor, I was able to complete the Technical & Professional Writing certificate in my spare time. I found it challenging but also fair and comprehensive. Above all, the classes were engaging, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about technical and professional writing."

--Kelly Johnson, Chicago IL, completed TPW certificate December 2017

This online 18-credit hour undergraduate certificate will enhance the writing skills of students in any major who plan to become professionals in their field. It can also be completed as a stand-alone program. TPW will prepare students who want to become in-house writers or editors in business, industry, education, government agencies, and non-profit organizations as well as those who want to become freelance technical writers and editors.

For more information view the Technical and Professional Writing brochure.

Questions? Contact Dr. Melinda Kreth at

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The 12-credit hour TESOL certificate is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to obtain employment teaching English language courses abroad or in for-profit and non-profit English programs in the United States. This certificate is an excellent opportunity for students who would like to travel and work abroad after graduation, and for students who are curious about the field but don't have the time or money to commit to a longer program.

For more information view the TESOL brochure.

Questions? Ready to sign? Contact Dr. Cathy Hicks Kennard at