Rhetoric and Writing (M.A.)

Rhetoric and Writing (M.A.)

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Pursuing a master's degree in rhetoric and writing will help you develop strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills as you prepare for a career in teaching, writing, communication or editing, or for further study at the doctoral level. 

You will be exposed to the wide-ranging field of rhetoric and writing in courses that explore rhetoric, composition, new media studies and pedagogy. 

Program Highlights

  • Small seminar-style classes allow for informed discussions about literature and close mentoring relationships with faculty.
  • Tuition costs less than $14,000 for Minnesota and reciprocity students.
  • Program offers flexible scheduling with courses offered day or evening and during summer.
  • Up to 30 assistantships available teaching first-year composition and consulting at the writing center, providing students with a stipend and tuition remission.
  • Student-faculty contact extends beyond the classroom with an emphasis on advising final research projects. 

Program Distinctions

  • Successful placement of graduates into Ph.D. programs. 
  • Students regularly attend and present at professional conferences. 
  • Students can participate in the publication of the English department's Upper Mississippi Harvest, an annual literary and art magazine or Kaleidoscope, a multicultural literary arts magazine. 

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 June 15 July 15
Spring November 15 October 15 November 15
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Monica Pelaez

Popular Careers

  • Teacher
  • Writing center consultant
  • Technical writer
  • Grant writer
  • Editor

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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