How to Apply to the MA in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy or the MA in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing


We are delighted that you are interested in our graduate programs. I write on behalf of our department and our graduate programs to be as transparent as I possibly can about admissions for fall 2021. 

We are currently unsure whether or not we will accept applications for our MA or PhD programs for fall 2021. We are in unprecedented times; COVID-19 is reshaping our institutions, our capacities, and our budgets. In the face of the global pandemic, many institutions have halted hiring. Other institutions have released, terminated, or fired faculty. 

We are discussing admissions options that include:

  1. Not accepting MA or PhD applications for fall 2021;
  2. Recruiting and accepting very small cohorts of MA and/or PhD students; or
  3. Prioritizing an internal PhD applications process for our current MA students who are nationally competitive.

Our discussions are framed by a core value: We admit students and we commit to their support and success. Supporting our current MA and PhD students, including those who are finishing their degrees this year and on the job market and may need support next year, is our critical priority.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  1. We are currently listening closelyto other programs, to other institutions, to the field, to each other, and to our current graduate students.
  2. Reaching out individually to each of our finishing MA and PhD students about their professional goals, plans, concerns, and needs.
  3. Having small-group and program-wide conversations about the implications of all of the potential decisions listed above.
  4. Engaging in field-wide conversations with other programs and graduate directors, recognizing that we must face our current context together in a way that allows us all to do right by our students, by our colleagues, and by our field. 

I will post updates as often as I can, and we will make a final decision by November 1, 2020. In the meantimeand at any timeplease do reach out to me directly if you have any questions.

Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Programs in Rhetoric and Writing
Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures 


Application Deadlines: 

December 15, for MA applicants requesting financial support;
April 1, for MA applicants wishing to enroll without financial support

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Please make sure to read the admission requirements and application instructions before you prepare your application materials.

The graduate programs in Rhetoric and Writing do not require or use GRE scores for admission purposes.

International applicants are advised to complete the application as early as possible to allow time for processing of visas and other documents. See for additional information.

Admissions decisions are made by the WRAC Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Advisory Committee.