Writing and Rhetoric
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applying to the program

Admissions Requirements

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Admissions Requirements

For consideration for graduate admission, all applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Graduate Study
  • A nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions from all previous institutions attended, or forwarded to us in a sealed envelope, signed by your previous institution(s)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation (at least two of which should be from academic sources)
  • Application for In-State Tuition Rates (if applicable)

If you completed your undergraduate degree outside the U.S., please review the requirements for international applicants for additional needed documents.

PhD in Writing and Rhetoric - Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the standard requirements listed above, applicants to the program must also submit:

  • A statement of the applicant's current and future and research interests. Be sure to articulate why this particular program is a good fit for your goals.
  • An academic writing sample — e.g., an excerpt from an MA thesis or graduate capstone project, an exemplary research paper, conference paper, or published article. The writing sample should be no longer than 20 pages and a brief (100-word) statement should provide information about the context and audience of the writing sample.
  • A curriculum vita.

GRE scores are not required for application to the program, but you have the opportunity to include them if you wish to present them as part of your application package.

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 15

All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documentation by the programs' posted deadline dates. Applicants with international academic credentials should apply 30 days before the program deadline date.

Students are admitted for fall semester only.

Fellowships, tuition waivers, and research or teaching assistantships may be available for qualified applicants who submit by the February 15 deadline.


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