The Rhetoric & Writing Program is currently participating in a pilot of MSU’s new Graduate Admissions Management System (GAMS). As part of that pilot, we ask that you use the GAMS portal to submit your application materials. Please read the instructions provided under the Submission Instructions <can we link to there from here please?> link on this website.
To be considered for admission to the doctoral program in Rhetoric & Writing, you will need to provide the materials described below. Please feel free to let us know how your interests fit with the concentrations that we offer (including our “design your own” option).
NOTE: At the “Academic and Personal Statement” prompt on the application form, please write “program-specific statement uploaded to GAMS.” and substitute the personal statement specified below; make sure this specific statement is included in the materials uploaded to GAMS.
NOTE: When you create your profile & application in the GAMS portal, you will provide contact information for each of your receommenders. The system will send an e-mail to each of them containing a link so they can upload your letters directly into your GAMS application file. All recommendation letters are due by the application deadline. Please fill out this portion of your gams application well in advance of that deadline so that the Committee has your letters of recommendation in hand when we review your file in mid-December. If you wait until the application deadline to specify your recommenders in GAMS, it will not be possible for your letters to arrive by the application deadline.
PhD Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must:
Admissions decisions are made by the Rhetoric & Writing Graduate Committee. Applicants who do not meet the criteria stated above may be admitted provisionally. Conditions for regular admission, including the completion of collateral coursework, must be satisfied during the first year of study.
PhD application materials are due by December 1st.
Please direct all general questions regarding admissions, or inquiries about the PhD program, to Prof. Malea Powell, Director of Rhetoric & Writing, 235C Bessey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1047, 517.355.2400, firstname.lastname@example.org.
International applicants are advised to complete application as early as possible to allow time for processing of visas and other documents. See http://grad.msu.edu/apply/ for additional information.
NOTE: The Rhetoric & Writing PhD program does not consider transfer requests from students enrolled in other MSU doctoral programs. We do consider applications from such students as new applications as long as said applicants have no more than one year (or the equivalent) of coursework in that other doctoral program.