Writing Studies and Rhetoric (M.A.)

Pursuing a master's degree in rhetoric and writing will help you develop strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills, It will also help prepare you for careers 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 evening courses.
  • Up to 30 graduate assistantships are 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

  • Graduates find successful placement 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. 

Graduate Director

Dr. Judith Dorn

Popular Careers

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

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
International
Inside U.S.
Fall Aug. 1 June 15 Aug. 1
Spring Dec. 1 Oct. 15 Dec. 1
Summer Ask Us! Ask Us! Ask us!

Connect With Us

Connect With Us