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DePaul’s writing and rhetoric graduate program is Chicago's only master's-level program with a singular focus on writing, rhetoric, pedagogy and language. Through a solid theoretical foundation in rhetoric and discourse paired with practical training, the master’s in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD) both makes you a better writer and teaches you exciting new ways to think about the history, craft and politics of writing. With the option to concentrate in Professional & Digital Writing or Teaching Writing & Language, you’ll develop lifelong skills that are invaluable to a range of careers.
With an MA in WRD, you can pursue professional roles such as
Enhance your degree with graduate certificates in
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges, and Digital Humanities.
Read about WRD courses, events, and alumni on our blog wrdblog.org.
Courses are offered on weekday evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in two years.
In addition to our robust internship program that connects you to professional writing and teaching internships in Chicago, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Chicago-area organizations through community-involved projects in courses like Grant and Proposal Writing, Urban Literacies, and Writing for the Web. You can also apply to teach your own section of DePaul’s first-year writing course as part of the
Teaching Apprentice Program (TAP).
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline to be considered for a graduate assistantship is February 15.
Submit an online application, official transcripts, 500-word statement of purpose, current résumé, and 15 to 20 pages of your own written work.
Students take a core foundation course and three courses in Rhetoric and Discourse, plus eight additional electives or required concentration courses.
Chicago ranks in the top 10 U.S. metro regions for number of technical writers
You’ll benefit from the expertise of faculty members like Associate Professor Lisa Dush, who received the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Braddock Award for her article “When Writing Becomes Content,” which examines how the craft and teaching of writing have changed in the digital age. Our faculty publish in the fields of writing and rhetoric, attend the conferences of national professional organizations, and stay engaged with those who have a stake in writing and teaching.
“I had multiple job offers in an extremely tough market partially because this degree set me apart from those with literature-focused English degrees. Since community college English departments offer mostly composition and rhetoric, the MA in WRD showed both expertise in and passion for my primary teaching assignment.”
Alumni of the Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse graduate program have found rewarding work in companies, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities in Chicago, nationwide and worldwide.
Learn more about some of our alumni.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at
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