Certificate in Academic Writing

Our new Certificate in Academic Writing* offers Distance students the opportunity to enhance and accredit their writing skills, enabling them to communicate effectively and prepare for future writing tasks in both academic and professional contexts. 

Program Plan

This certificate program consists of 12.0 units of degree-credit courses. 6.0 of these units are required courses, while the other 6.0 units can be selected from the option courses described below. 

* Available to Distance Students only.

Core courses (6.0 units) offered online

Choose one of the following two courses:

Plus the following course:

Option courses (6.0 units) offered online

Choose two of the following three courses:

You may choose to substitute 3.0 units of WRIT option courses above with 3.0 units of the following courses:

  • CWRI 295 (3.0 units): Creative Writing I
  • DRAM 251 (3.0 units): Introduction to Playwriting (coming soon)

Admission Requirements

Click here to see the admission requirements for the certificate programs.


How to Apply

New students: Click here to apply online. Application dates for each term can be found here.

Current Students: If you are already a Distance student at Queen’s in an online degree program and wish to be added into one of the certificate programs, please email cds@queensu.ca with your request. Students currently in the Interest Category must complete 18.0 units at a 1.6 cumulative GPA to be eligible to request enrolment in one of the online certificate programs. 

Note: Distance students who are concurrently in an online degree program can apply 6.0 units from the certificate towards their degree (or vice-versa). Graduating with both an online Bachelor's Degree and the Academic Writing Certificate or the Media Studies Certificate will total 96.0 units, or 99.0 for the Employment Relations Certificate.