​​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 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 score of at least 500 or the equivalent must be on file no later than after the completion of the first 12 credit hours. This program is a good fit for students looking to advance in their careers, particularly in preparation to teach at higher learning institutions.  

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.


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.


Students who have been formally admitted into the master of arts in rhetoric and writing program may be selected to participate in the assistantship component of the program.
If interested, the deadline for teaching assistantships for the next academic year is March 1.​

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.


Career Options

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