Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse

M.A. in WRD Application Procedures

Application Materials

Students with a bachelor's degree in any field are eligible to apply to the M.A. in WRD program. Applications also require the following materials, submitted through the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences:

  • A graduate application
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous schools attended
  • A 300- to 500-word statement of purpose, describing your objectives in the M.A. in WRD program and your plans for the future
  • A current resume or CV
  • 15 to 20 pages of your own written work and a paragraph providing context and describing how the samples represent your academic or professional writing, written communication skills, and fit within the program goals
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application materials can be sent to the following address:

Graduate Admissions Office
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
2400 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60614-2215

Credentials (including official transcripts) also can be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at graddepaul[at]depaul.edu. Please make sure your name is on all documents.

Students may apply at any time of the year, as the program adopts rolling admissions. All application materials should be received eight weeks prior to the student's desired starting date.


The M.A. in WRD welcomes international students to study in our program. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences requires that students educated in a country where the native language is not recognized as English must submit proof of English proficiency. Students may demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • An official TOEFL score report: the minimum TOEFL requirements are: 96 (Internet version), 243 (computer version), or 590 (paper version)
  • An official IELTS score report: 7.5 or higher

Please have your TOEFL or IELTS score report sent to DePaul from the testing agency (institution code: 1165).