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 December 21, 2021 January 18, 2022
Priority Deadline January 18, 2022 January 26, 2022 February 15, 2022
Round 3 February 15, 2022 February 22, 2022 March 8, 2022
Round 4* March 1, 2022 March 3, 2022 March 12, 2022

Admissions notifications are issued approximately two weeks after the deadline.

We encourage you to apply early to take advantage of the priority deadline discount, longer timeline to confirm acceptance, and join events exclusive for submitted applicants and admitted students. 

* Please note the application may close before Round 4 if space is no longer available.

Program Fee

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

Applicants who apply by the Priority Deadline will receive a discount off their program fee. See the Discount section below for details.


The program offers some discounted program fees. See below for the eligibility and discounted fees: 

  • Applicants who apply by the Priority Deadline:  $1,700
  • Applicants from partner programs and referrals:  $1,700
  • UChicago degree students and credential alumni:  $1,200
  • UChicago staff and degree alumni:  $800
  • Groups of three or more colleagues from one workplace: Please contact us at harriscredential@uchicago.edu 


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 before the deadline at harriscredential@uchicago.edu