Academic Writing

Academic Writing

Our online 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. 

* Available to students in the Undergraduate Online career only. Not available to on-campus Queen's students.

Program Plan

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

Core courses (6.0 units) 

Choose one of the following two courses:

Plus the following course:

Option courses (6.0 units) 

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:

Note: If you are also in an online degree program, only 6.0 units from your degree program or the certificate can count towards both. In other words, to graduate with both an online degree and this certificate, you would need a total of 96.0 units (instead of 90.0 units).

No more than 3.0 units of core and option courses may be transfer credits from outside Queen’s University.

For the most up-to-date and accurate program plan information, please see the Arts and Science Academic Calendar.

How do I apply?

Admission Requirements

Queen's Arts and Science Online has several admission categories for students with diverse educational backgrounds. View them all here

Submit an Application

To apply for a Queen's online program, simply submit an online application directly through our website here.

Current Queen's Students

Current Queen's students wishing to add a certificate to their degree, please see the "Current Queen's Students" section on the Admission Requirements page for more information. Note: The Certificate in Academic Writing is not available to on-campus Queen's students, only students in the "undergraduate online" career.

How Online Learning Works

Click here to learn more about when to access your course, time commitments, exams and more.