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Writing and Rhetoric - PHD

Fall Deadlines

Standard Deadline: February 01, 2024

Application Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Program-Specific Instructions

Additional Information

Applicants to the PhD in writing and rhetoric must already have earned a master's degree in a relevant field before being admitted to the program.

The Goals statement should focus on your current and future research interests. Keep in mind that the PhD is a research degree, and while you don't need to begin the program with a specific dissertation project in mind, you should have a sense of what area of writing studies research you want to contribute to. Be sure to articulate why this particular program is a good fit for your goals. Our PhD program does not include support for creative writing or literary studies, so if your primary interest is in one of those areas, you should apply to programs specifically in those fields.

The writing sample should be academic — 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.

All applicants are strongly advised to submit all supporting documents by the program's posted deadline date.