Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse

Master of Arts in WRD

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.

Program Features

  • Strong curriculum: The MA in WRD offers a rich graduate curriculum that engages students in a range of professional, academic, and civic genres and experiences. Required courses in rhetoric and discourse provide students with breadth in a range of theoretical and historical disciplinary perspectives, while optional concentrations allow students to focus in depth in an area of particular relevance to their own professional goals.

  • Community orientation: The MA in WRD offers students unique internship and community-based experiential learning opportunities, drawing on the city of Chicago as an extension of our classroom. These opportunities will give students practical experience in grant writing, workplace writing, writing for the web, and teaching and tutoring adult literacy and English as Second Language (ESL) in community centers and two-year colleges. This commitment to the city and its neighborhoods is reflected throughout many of our courses.

  • Faculty expertise and experience: The MA in WRD faculty are teacher-scholars and active professionals. The faculty share a strong commitment to graduate education, and the program incorporates numerous events which aim to mentor and support our graduate students.

  • Global outlook: Through the Graduate Certificate in TESOL, which MA in WRD students can complete as part of their regular coursework, graduate students develop expertise in second-language teaching, and especially in working with multilingual writers. This knowledge is key to teaching writing in the U.S. today, and it opens up opportunities abroad, such as the one WRD offers MA in WRD and TESOL Certificate graduates at Huaqiao University in China. Visit http://depaulwrd.wordpress.com/china/ for more information.   

Information Sessions

Interested in applying to the MA in WRD graduate program? We invite you to attend an information session to learn more about program content, degree requirements, and meet with the program director, Professor Lisa Dush.