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

The Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing is a two-year graduate program that helps students strengthen writing and communication skills, which is valuable for a variety of career options. It is ideal for students interested in teaching at a community college or in a high school dual enrollment program, or considering a doctoral program in English. Graduates of the program are also well positioned to pursue or enhance careers in law, museum curation, grant writing and communication.



 



Program Overview

The two-year master's program is intended for students who already have completed a bachelor’s degree and have met the admission requirements. Completion of the GRE with a Verbal score of at least 153 or the equivalent must be on file no later than after the completion of the first 12 credit hours. The program can be completed full or part-time, with classes scheduled once a week in the evenings, so it is ideal for students who wish to continue to work.

If you’re interested in teaching at a community college or in a high school dual enrollment program; planning to pursue a doctoral program in English; or desire to strengthen your writing skills for a career in law, museum curation, grant writing or communication, then this program may be a good choice for you. 

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Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing students partner with the Hancock Historical Museum to create exhibits.

Admission Qualifications

Requires a cumulative undergraduate GPA of  3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a previous masters degree.  Students who would have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale may be considered for conditional acceptance, but must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first nine hours of the Rhetoric program.

Assistantship

Students who have been formally admitted into the master of arts in rhetoric and writing program may be selected to participate in the teaching assistantship component of the program. Graduate teaching assistants may teach College Writing I or II, Introduction to Speech, or serve as Graduate Writing Tutors. More than 90% of our students receive assistantship funding.
 
If interested, the deadline for teaching assistantships for the next academic year is March 15.



What is Rhetoric and Writing?


Rhetoric is simply the art of effectively communicating in a variety of contexts. The ability to effectively and persuasively communicate is crucial in today’s society.  It can mean the difference between negotiating the future of a major corporation, writing a political speech or simply diffusing an argument in a classroom.  No matter the situation, with today’s technological innovations, persuasive writing skills have become a competence that is attractive to employers.

Communications

Career Options

  • College Professor    
  • Speech Writer    
  • Public Relations 
  • Advertising Manager    
  • Museum Communications Manager    
  • Digital Humanities Specialist    
  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Grant Writer