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The master’s degree in composition and rhetoric provides focused study in composition pedagogy, the history of rhetoric, and composition and rhetorical theory. The program also prepares students for post-secondary teaching and doctoral-level research in these fields.

Courses You'll Take

Students pursuing this degree will complete 33 hours: nine hours of theory and research, 12 hours of required courses, nine hours of electives, and a three-hour capstone experience. The capstone experience will consist of either a portfolio or thesis. 


Requirements for Admission

  • Online application for admission
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions.
  • Transcripts must show
    • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (overall) or 3.0 undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours completed); and, 18 hours of English (3000- or above) with a 3.0 GPA.
    • Students may gain conditional admission by achieving a score of 150 (verbal) and 4.5 (analytical writing) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.
    *Students falling below these standards may qualify for conditional admission.

Career Opportunities 

Composition and Rhetoric graduates go on to pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Advertising
  • Corporate Communications
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Education
  • Grant Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations

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