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Application Procedure for the Graduate Certificate

All application materials for Fall 2024 start should be postmarked by February 1, 2024.

Materials to send to Office of Graduate Admissions:

If you are a Certificate applicant with no affiliation to a traditional department, you must complete a non-degree student application form as well as the application package described below. You may apply online here.

If you are a current UI graduate student in another department, you are already admitted into the Graduate College and need only complete the application package below.

Materials to send to the UICB 

  • Completed UICB Application.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • A one page Statement of Purpose.
  • Either one or both of the following:
    • A substantive academic or creative writing sample.
    • A digital portfolio consisting of 10-15 work samples and images of your artwork that best represents your interests, accomplishments and abilities
      • Format as a single 10-15 page PDF document containing 10-15 work samples
      • Individual pages may include a single piece or multiple views of an item: for example, several page spreads
      • Image files should be no larger than 1500 pixels in either direction
      • An image list for your digital portfolio including: title, date completed, dimensions, materials, edition size (if applicable).
  • One letter of recommendation - emailed by the recommender to

All materials may be submitted electronically via email to If your files are large, please consider using a file sharing service.

Certificate Admissions Committee
UI Center for the Book
216 North Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242