College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse > Graduate > Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (MA)
DePaul's master's program in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is Chicago's only graduate program to focus solely on writing, rhetoric, pedagogy, and language. Students build a solid theoretical foundation in rhetoric and discourse, and pair it with hands-on practical training; faculty in the program seek to make you a better writer and teach you exciting new approaches to the history, craft, politics, and practical applications of writing and content. With the option to concentrate on Professional and Digital Writing or Teaching Writing and Language, you'll develop valuable skills for approaching writing and content production in a range of industries and careers.
With an MA in WRD, you can pursue professional goals such as
Enhance your degree with graduate certificates in
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL),
Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges,
Strategic Writing and Advancement for Nonprofits (SWAN), and
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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.
of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.
“My research and teaching have been heavily impacted by my background as a Chicana who was predominantly educated and taught along the U.S.–Mexico border,” said Monica Reyes. Her classes create opportunities for service learning; recent coursework connected students with La Posada Providencia, a south Texas emergency shelter for immigrants and asylum seekers. Students worked to interview and learn from shelter clients and then produced multimodal stories of their strength and resilience.
“Being an MA student is a process of personal discovery. My classwork is helping me build a toolset that will allow me to enter the educational field as an effective instructor, and as someone posed to be an advocate and activist for educational social justice. This is one of the best investments I have made for myself.”
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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