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Degrees Offered
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Enhance career opportunities. Develop marketable skills. 

Join the WRTC Graduate Program and learn writing, research, and design skills to enhance your career opportunities. Our program draws from academic and industry practices to prepare students for careers in professional writing, digital storytelling, document design, usability studies, content creation, and more.



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When you join the Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication Graduate Program, you become part of a supportive, high-energy community of faculty and students who are dedicated writers and content creators.  

Through coursework, community engagement projects, teaching, and internships, our students develop skills that prepare them for careers in every kind of profession. 

Here are just a few things that make the WRTC MA program unique: 

  • Graduate Assistantships. We offer graduate assistantships to cover tuition and provide a stipend to qualified applicants. Assistantships take a variety of forms from creating digital content, to teaching first-year writing, to working with faculty on research projects. 
  • Design & Technological Skills. Our students do more than just write—they also build skills in digital storytelling, publication management, content strategy, user experience, and more. 
  • Optional Public & Professional Writing and Health & Science Writing Tracks. Students can either customize their own coursework experience or pursue more focused work in one of our tracks.
  • Career Support. We help students use what they learn in our program to secure jobs that match their skills and interests. We achieve this through close mentorship, career advising, job application guidance, and conference travel support.
  • Students From All Majors. Students come to us from diverse fields of study including science, English, sociology, business, education, writing studies, psychology, journalism, and more.
    Small Cohorts. We accept no more than 10-12 applicants to ensure small class sizes and one-on-one mentorship.
  • Internship or Thesis. Students can choose between an internship at an organization of their choice or write a research-based thesis.

Want to know more? Contact WRTC Graduate Program Director, Dr. Lori Beth De Hertogh, at for more information.

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