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, 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. 

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall August 1 June 15 July 15
Spring December 1 October 15 December 1
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. Judith Dorn

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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