College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse > Graduate > Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (MA) > Degree Requirements
Students complete 12 courses (48 credits) to graduate from the MA in WRD program. Program requirements vary based on whether or not the student declares a concentration.
All students will keep a portfolio of significant work done for courses. This work will be curated and submitted as a portfolio at both the midpoint of the program and at its culminating point. For a full description of the portfolio requirement, please download the Portfolio Requirement Guide. For additional resources, please visit the Portfolio page on the WRD Blog.
After completing the sixth course but before taking the ninth course, all students must submit a portfolio to their advisor and meet with this advisor to discuss both the portfolio and their future plans in the program. The Mid-Program Portfolio must be submitted, discussed with a student’s advisor, and approved before the student can register for their ninth course in the program.
In the final quarter of coursework, all students must submit a Professional Portfolio and reflective essay. The portfolio will be evaluated by the WRD Graduate Committee as “Pass” or “Fail.” A Professional Portfolio that does not initially earn a score of “Pass” must be revised until it does so.
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