This program welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, and working professionals. The program will offer value to learners at any level, from beginning to advanced.

This program is open the public and UChicago community. We welcome domestic and international applicants from around the world. 

To enroll in the program, you must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of full-time study in an undergraduate institution one month prior to the start of the program.

There are no prerequisites, as this program is appropriate for individuals from all academic backgrounds. All applicants are required to complete an online application and are expected to have a stable internet connection, consistent access to a computer, and proficiency in communicating in English.

How to Apply

Application Materials

  • Complete the online application
  • Motivation statement in English (limit to 300 words)
  • Resume (1-2 pages)
  • Academic transcripts

Starting your online application

Start your application then follow these steps:

  • Select "2022 Cred" and "Non-Degree" type 
  • Select the "Persuasive Writing Credential” program


Transcripts detail the courses, dates, grades, and grading scales for each year of postsecondary (college or university) education as well as degrees awarded. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. You may upload a PDF copy.

If your original transcript is not in English, you must provide a translated transcript in English.

English Language Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to meet the English language requirement.

Application Deadlines

  Deadline Notification Confirm Acceptance/
Deposit Due
Early Action December 14, 2021 Late December January 18, 2022
Priority Deadline January 18, 2022 Late January February 15, 2022
Round 3 February 15, 2022 Late February March 8, 2022
Last Chance March 1, 2022 Early March March 12, 2022


Program Fee

The program fee for the 2022 program is $2,000 USD.

Applicants who apply by the Priority Deadline will receive a $300 discount. 


Discounts are available for:

  • Applicants who apply by the Priority Deadline
  • UChicago students, alumni and staff
  • Applicants recommended by partner institutions
  • Groups of three or more colleagues from one workplace


There is no scholarship available for the program.

Deposit & Payment

Admitted students must submit a non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit to confirm their seat in the program by the deadline listed in their admission letter. The remaining balance is due the beginning of the program. Admitted students will receive details on the payment process. 

Payment is accepted by credit card through the application portal. If you are unable to submit payment by credit card, then please contact us at harriscredential@uchicago.edu to receive instructions.