​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing

​The University of Findlay is the only private liberal arts program in Ohio to offer a face-to-face Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing degree. Classes are designed to help students develop as writers, researchers, and teachers.​​

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The MA in Rhetoric and Writing program continues to take applications. Our teaching assistants already had opportunities to teach online and we encourage all TAs to teach online at least once during the program). Therefore, we have a robust teaching assistant training program for online instruction and support for MARW coursework. Email Christine Tulley at [email protected] if you want to know more.​​

If you are looking for a program that will help you enhance your writing skills, you have a bachelor's degree, and you meet the admissions requirements, then the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Program is a good fit for you. Our program is designed to help students excel in a variety of career paths including:
  • College Writing and Communication Instruction
  • Social Media Management
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Technical Writing
  • Corporate Training
  • Grant Writing
  • Digital Humanities
  • Public Relations
  • Speech Writing
  • Copy Writing

Whether you want to obtain a content specialization to advance your teaching career, learn how to produce top-quality writing for a website or business, or explore a career in research in the digital humanities, the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Program at the University of Findlay is designed to equip you with the tools you need to reach your professional goals.

​Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing (MARW) Program is a two-year (36 credit hour) face-to-face program that can be completed sooner if you choose to enroll in summer classes. Our program offers students the flexibility to take classes full or part-time and applications to our program are accepted year-round. So, you can enroll and begin taking classes in the fall, spring, or summer.

The courses that you will take to complete 36 hours include eight core classes, two elective classes, and two thesis capstone classes that culminate in the successful defense of either a traditional print or a webtext thesis project.

Graduate assistantship funding is available for teaching, research, and administrative duties and all MARW students who applied for positions received them.

All MARW students applying before May 1 each year are eligible for assistantship funding to teach College Writing I or II, Introduction to Technical Writing, Introduction to Speech, or Introduction to Digital Media. MARW students can also apply to tutor students in the Graduate Writing Center.


All of our MARW teaching and tutoring assistants are fully trained at a summer teaching orientation as well as weekly meetings with faculty mentors.​




Key Benefits of the MARW Program

The University of Findlay's Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing is a high quality, face-to-face, rigorous graduate program with strong faculty support for students. It is our mission to make every class session you attend worthwhile and productive. We believe that our students benefit from experiential learning and offer funding for conferences and off-campus field trips. All students are prepared to present at conferences and publish journal articles as a result.

Unlike many other English master degrees, we focus on your writing in addition to preparing you for a career in teaching, editing, publishing, business, or other fields. One of the courses offered, Graduate Study in Writing, focuses on teaching students to write more effectively, and the core classes provide regular feedback on your print and digital compositions. We partner with Prolifiko to offer writing productivity support.

All MARW core courses focus on digital communication and writing. We teach all students to make webpages using Dreamweaver and Adobe Creative Suite, videos using iMovie and Windows Moviemaker Live, and podcasts using a range of audio composing software. You will learn to compose in both print and digital environments and your thesis can be a traditional print thesis or a digital webtext.

We emphasize career or graduate school preparation. Every fall, the MARW Program hosts a Career Speaker Series as part of ENGL 500: Introduction to the Field of Rhetoric and Writing. Through the  Career Speaker series, MARW students learn about the wide range of employment and educational opportunities available to program graduates and have professional networking opportunities.

Students learn from leaders in the rhetoric and writing field. Our Visiting Scholar program ensures all MARW students have several days of intensive instruction from leaders and journal editors in the field of rhetoric and writing. Past speakers have included Dr. Duane Roen, Dr. Kristine Blair, and Dr. Cindy Selfe. Upcoming speakers include Dr. Donnie Sackey and Dr. Cheryl Ball. In addition, we have a partnership with the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies where students learn from leading classics scholars and can take trips through the center to Greece, Italy, and Turkey.​

Learn from experienced faculty who are making an impact in the world of rhetoric and writing. All of our faculty conduct research and write articles that are published in well-known journals, books, and ​reviews. Learn more about our faculty publications by clicking on the individual faculty profiles ​on the Meet Our Faculty page or by clicking here​.







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Financial Aid and Loan Options

In addition, there are other financial aid and loan options available to graduate students at the University of Findlay

As a graduate student at UF, you are eligible to apply for loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Through the federal program, you can obtain federal funds directly from the U.S. Department of Education. See below to learn more about Federal and private loan programs.

Federal Loan Programs

Stafford Loan Program - If you file a FAFSA and are enrolled at least half-time, you may qualify for a Stafford Loan, which is a long-term, low-interest loan.
As a graduate student, you may borrow up to $20,500 in Federal Direct Loans each year.  The FAFSA and your cost of education will determine how much you can borrow. Your enrollment level also plays a role in your loan eligibility, but you must be enrolled at least half-time, which is at least four and one-half (4.5) hours of credit in a term.

Graduate PLUS Loans - You may also have the option of applying for a Graduate PLUS loan if your unsubsidized loan does not cover all of your educational costs.

Check on current in​terest rates for Federal Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loan funds. You can complete the Master Promissory Note and entrance counseling for the Federal Unsubsidized loans and apply for a Graduate PLUS loan at Student Loans

Private Loan Options

You may wish to consider one of the alternative loans that are available to graduate students in lieu of the Direct GradPLUS Loan. As the borrower, you must initiate the loan, which must subsequently be certified by the Office of Financial Aid. Generally, you must be creditworthy, and a cosigner must be creditworthy as well. While you may be able to borrow without a cosigner, having a cosigner may reduce the fees and/or the interest rate on the loan. A careful review of interest rates and their trends may be of value as you decide whether the Direct Grad PLUS or the alternative loan is the right choice for you. Please visit FASTChoice to explore some private loan options.

Employer Reimbursement

For many graduate students, employer reimbursement is a good option to help cover the cost of your education. If your company offers employer reimbursement, you must contact the University's Business Office to complete the University's Company Reimbursement Form prior to each session you enroll in.​​