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 Ph.D. 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; and to continue their academic study in Ph.D. programs.

Students in the M.A. in WRD may pursue select graduate certificate programs in the course of completing their degree. A separate application process is required. Students who are interested in any of the following programs should contact the department for additional information.

  • WRD + Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
  • WRD + Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges Certificate
Degree Requirements 48 hours
   Total hours required    48 hours