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We boast an exciting range of research and teaching opportunities.  There are assistantships to teach in our nationally-recognized first year writing program, and opportunities to work in a thriving writing center.  Our graduate students often share their work at annual meetings of national organizations such as the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the International Writing Centers Association.  Recently, we hosted the national Council of Writing Programs Administrators conference.


Applications for the M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition program are due April 15 to be considered for Fall Semester admission and October 15 to be considered for Spring Semester admission.

If you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship, you must submit all required materials by January 15.

Ready to get started on your graduate degree? Visit the Graduate College page to determine the correct next step for you.

Admission Requirements

Applicants planning to apply for admission to the M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A B.A. in English. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree in English are required to have a strong background in the field. They should discuss their qualifications with the Director of the program.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 for the last sixty semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score on the Verbal section of at least 500 according to the GRE testing score scale on or before August 2011, or a 153 according to the scale after August 2011. Scores on sections other than the Verbal Section are for information purposes only.


The Rhetoric and Composition program offers funding through competitive teaching and Writing Center assistantships. Teaching assistantships allow graduate students to teach in our nationally-recognized first-year writing program. Writing Center assistantships provide opportunities for students to serve as writing consultants, mentor new consultants, and participate in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) activities. For more details on assistantships, see the Graduate Assistantships page.

Applications for assistantships are due by January 15.