MA in English (Online)

Master of Arts in English with a specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

Program Overview

The Professional Writing and Rhetoric Online MA is designed to prepare students for successful employment as writers, editors, and writing instructors in various industries and institutions, including business, technology, science, and two-year colleges. This specialization allows students the flexibility of selecting a focus on Professional Writing or Rhetoric and Writing.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Create effective written and visual documents for multiple audiences based on theories and concepts central to the fields of technical communication and rhetoric.
  • Evaluate the key theoretical, historical and cultural concepts of the fields of rhetoric and technical communication.
  • Plan communication strategies for creating documents for people from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Create a capstone portfolio reflecting what students have learned over the course of their program.

Program graduates are employed in the following fields and positions:

  • Technical Writers
  • Editors
  • Copy Writers
  • Independent Contractors
  • English Language Teachers, Public and Postsecondary

Required Courses (15 credit hours):

  • ENG 6050: Visual Rhetoric and Practices of Writing
  • ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 6400: Professional/Technical Writing
  • ENG 6410: Resources and Research in Professional/Technical Writing
  • ENG 6460: Professional/Technical Communication & Rhetoric

Electives (15 credit hours) from such regular offerings as:

Recommended electives:

  • ENG 6420: Professional/Technical Editing
  • ENG 6430: Ethics in Professional/Technical Writing
  • ENG 6450: Science Writing
  • ENG 6470: Topics in Professional/Technical Communication*

Other electives:

  • ENG 5860: Writing Process for Online Documents
  • ENG 6800: Seminar in English Studies*
  • Or other English elective courses

Capstone Experience (1 credit hour):

  • English 6910: Master’s Portfolio

Total for degree: 31 credit hours

* A student can take multiple different versions of this course number, with each one counting toward the total credit hours for the degree, as long as the topic of each course is different.

Up to 12 hours of these elective courses, if available online, may be taken from outside the English Department and may count toward the degree; students should meet or correspond with their  advisor or the English Graduate Coordinator to determine options.

Note: Students who are geographically close enough to do so may substitute face-to-face versions of these courses if they choose to do so. Any such substitutions should be cleared with the English Graduate Coordinator before enrolling.

COURSE ROTATION CHART

We plan to offer certain courses during certain semesters of the year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) for both years of the program. Below you can find our planned course rotation for required and elective courses during the duration of a two-year program (on occasion we might be forced to deviate slightly from this rotation, but we strive to follow it). This should provide you with an idea of how you might structure your time and course load as you make progress through the MA in English specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. The course rotation below follows a two-year cycle. The cycle repeats every two years, so courses offered during 2018-2019 will repeat in the 2020-2021 academic year and the courses offered during the 2019-2020 year will repeat in 2021-2022, etc.

2016-2017

  FALL SPRING SUMMER
Required courses offered
  • ENG 6460:  Professional/Technical Communication and Rhetoric
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
  • ENG 6050: Visual Rhetoric & Practices of Writing
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
  • ENG 6200:  Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 6910:  Master's Portfolio
Recommended electives offered
  • ENG 6470: Topics in Professional/Technical Communication*
  • ENG 6420: Professional/Technical Editing
  • ENG 6470:  Topics in Professional/Technical Communication

* Course number can be taken more than once for separate credit as long as topics are different.

Underlined course number: Indicates courses applicable to Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing.

Individual course offerings from previous and upcoming semesters can be found on our Course Descriptions page.

2017-2018

  FALL SPRING SUMMER
Required courses offered
  • ENG 6400:  Professional / Technical Writing
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
  • ENG 6410: Resources and Research in Professional/Technical Writing
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
  • ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
Recommended electives offered
  • ENG 6430: Ethics in Professional/Technical Writing
  • ENG 6450: Science Writing
 

* Course number can be taken more than once for separate credit as long as topics are different.

Underlined course number: Indicates courses applicable to Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing.

Individual course offerings from previous and upcoming semesters can be found on our Course Descriptions page.

Interested in the fully online MA in English, specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric? Please visit our application page.