How to ApplyApply for the Certificate Program

Are you ready to be a part of this unique graduate certificate program? Whether you’re a current USF student or an adult learner, the application process is simple.

Successful applicants will hold a bachelor’s level degree with a 3.0 GPA in their overall program or in the last 60 hours of study towards completion of a bachelor’s degree. Candidates who have less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA will be considered for the program if they can provide evidence of at least five years’ experience in an area related to the Food Writing Certificate program. This includes work in culinary arts, restaurant or food management, or work that involved substantial writing for print, broadcast or the web. Applicants are also asked to write a cover letter describing their interest in the program. This is a rolling-admissions program, so students may start their study at the beginning of any USFSP semester.

Enrolled USF Students

    1. Compare the courses you have completed at the graduate level to the certificate course requirements. If you have already taken some courses, they can be counted toward the certificate.
       
    2. Notify the Department Chair, in writing, of your intent to pursue the Food Writing and Photography Graduate Degree. Attach a completed Graduate Certificate Approval Form (.pdf) and submit, along with requisite attachments, to:
      Journalism and Media Studies
      PRW204
      USF St. Petersburg
      140 7th Ave. South
      St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    3. Upon receipt of a completed application packet, the department will review your eligibility and notify you of its decision.

 

  1. Upon acceptance, register for classes normally and notify instructors in your classes that you are pursuing the certificate.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

    1. Apply to USF as a non-degree seeking student by clicking the following application link and selecting the “non-degree seeking” option. Note that students admitted to USF as non-degree seekers are not automatically accepted into the Food Writing and Photography Graduate Certificate Program.Apply today!
       
    2. After you have formally been admitted as a non-degree seeking student, submit, along with requisite attachments, a Graduate Certificate Approval Form (.pdf) to:
      Graduate Studies
      PNM 102
      USF St. Petersburg
      140 7th Ave. South
      St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    3. When complete, application materials are compiled by the office of Graduate Studies and forwarded for departmental review.

 

  1. Upon acceptance by the department into the Food Writing and Photography Graduate Certificate Program, you will be notified via email how to register for your first courses.