The Master of Arts in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD) combines a strong theoretical foundation in rhetoric and discourse with practical training in the areas of teaching writing and language, professional and technical writing, and Web content creation. The program’s mix of theory and practice prepares students to write and create Web content in professional, technical, or nonprofit settings; to teach writing in post-secondary institutions; and to continue academic study in related PhD programs. Our students go on to work as writers and digital content creators in professional and technical workplaces; to teach writing and English as a second language in colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad; and to continue their academic study in PhD programs.

The MA in may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest.  Students participating in a combined MA/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs.  A separate application process for the certificate is required.  Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • WRD + Digital Humanities Certificate
  • WRD + Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
  • WRD + Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges Certificate
  • WRD + Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate
Degree Requirements 48 hours
   Total hours required    48 hours