The MA program in Rhetoric and Composition admits an average of 7 students per year. Most students apply for and are admitted for the fall semester, although some students join the program in the spring or summer semesters. Our application deadlines are flexible and we review applications throughout the year; however, we do encourage students to submit materials by the application deadlines specified by the Graduate College: June 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester.
Students seeking assistantships (Instructional or Teaching Assistantships) must meet very specific deadlines. Program materials and IA TA application materials
must be submitted by January 15 for the following academic year.
In reviewing applications for admission, faculty assess applicants’ writing abilities, academic interests and career goals, academic record, and what is generally known as “program fit”—how well your interests and goals mesh with faculty expertise and interests and program vision.
Applicants seeking admission to the MA major in Rhetoric and Composition (MARC) must meet standard Graduate College requirements and have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 in 12 hours or more of undergraduate English courses. Applicants must submit the following directly to the Graduate College:
- an electronic application, completed online, found at the Graduate College’s application link
- official transcripts from each college or university attended, sent directly from the institutions
- a $40.00 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order, payable to Texas State University, in US currency)
- three letters of recommendation submitted directly to the Graduate College by the letter writers (letters should address the applicant’s potential for graduate study in rhetoric and composition and, if the applicant is applying for a graduate assistantship, his or her potential as a writing instructor, including experience teaching, tutoring, or editing)
In addition, all applicants must submit directly to the Director of the MARC program
an electronic portfolio of their own work saved as a single PDF file and sent as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The electronic portfolio must contain the following:
- A statement of purpose no longer than two single-spaced pages discussing the applicant’s reasons for applying to the MARC program. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their future career and/or academic aspirations; research and teaching interests; relevant background, including paid or non-paid writing, tutoring, or teaching experience; and other information that will help the committee assess their suitability for the program.
- At least two nonfiction documents totaling a minimum of 15 double-spaced pages. At least one of these documents should be an academic research paper written for an undergraduate or graduate course.
- A cover letter explaining when and for whom the submitted documents (item 2, above) were written and discussing why they have been included as representative work.