Degree candidates must successfully complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate course work, which includes a minimum of two semesters of course work completed at JMU. Students work with school advisers to design a program that fits their unique educational needs and career aspirations. Depending on their backgrounds and options they might choose to pursue while in the degree program, students may decide to take course work beyond the required 33 hours to obtain additional knowledge or skills in specialized areas. For example, students may choose to take extra course work to enhance their skills in communication technologies or to deepen their academic training in the writing, rhetoric and technical communication content areas in which they intend to work as professional writers or editors.
Students in the M.A. program must successfully complete three required courses (nine credit hours), two courses of thesis or internship hours (six credit hours), and six courses of WRTC electives (18 credit hours).
Students in the M.S. program complete the degree by taking a nine credit-hour cognate in Learning, Technology and Leadership Education in place of nine credit hours of WRTC electives:
- LTLE 570. Design and Development of Digital Media
- LTLE 610. Principles of Instructional Design
- LTLE 650. eLearning Design
Required Graduate Courses
|WRTC 500. Critical Questions in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication||
|WRTC 504. Professional Editing in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication||
|WRTC 508. Research Methods in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication||
|Capstone Requirement: Thesis or Internship||6|
|WRTC 700. Thesis|
|WRTC 701. Internship|
At least 18 of the students' credit hours must come from course work at the 600 level or above. Up to six of those hours may be WRTC 700, Thesis or WRTC 701, Internship.
The WRTC graduate program encourages applicants with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including (but certainly not limited to) biology, business, computer science, education, English, geography, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, rhetoric and composition, or writing.
Degree candidates have two options for satisfying the capstone requirement for the master’s degree:
- Complete a traditional research-based master's thesis on a relevant topic.
- Complete a 300-hour internship with an external client on a relevant topic.