Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing

The Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing is a rolling admission process with classes starting in the fall and spring semesters each year.

Application Instructions

  1. Apply online
  2. Submit official transcripts of all college-level work

Admission Requirements

To be considered for full ad​mission, candidates must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or have a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a previous master's degree. This includes classes from all institutions attended. Students who have a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate or graduate grade point average may be considered for conditional admission, but must attain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the first nine hours of the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing (MARW) program to be fully admitted to the program.
  • Supply two letters of recommendation, which will include an assessment of the candidate’s ability to perform master's-level work.
  • Supply a writing sample. The sample may include a seminar paper written for a junior or senior level class.
  • Take the GRE General Test and have a Verbal Reasoning test score of 500/153 or above. Non-degree students who wish to change to degree-seeking status must take the GRE General Test within the completion of the first 12 hours of the program and submit GRE scores.
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with the possible exception of first-professional doctorate-degree holders, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., Pharm.D., etc.).
  • Submit an application form.
  • Submit official transcripts, which can be in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency, of all college-level work.

Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:

  • A verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 100 with 25 or better in speaking and 25 or better in writing or a verified international English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 8.0. Students not supplying a TOEFL or IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
  • Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.

    The MARW program will allow up to six credit hours of transfer credit if the equivalent graduate coursework is taken at another accredited institution. ENGL 600, and ENGL 601 may not be transferred. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the MARW Program.


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