Application Information

Applications will be considered beginning in January 2022 for those interested in beginning the Ph.D. program in August 2022. Students interested in applying for admission and for funding should submit all application materials to the online application system administered by BGSU's Graduate College Admissions. Completed applications will be reviewed in January, 2022. Incomplete files will result in delays of admission decisions, and candidates are forewarned that it is crucial to apply as early as possible. The deadline for application submissions for fall 2022 admission is January 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The Ph.D. program aims to fund as many students as it can with graduate assistantships including tuition scholarship and stipend. The Graduate stipend for 2020-2021 is $15,500. It is BGSU policy that admission to a graduate program does not constitute an offer of funding. However, we attempt to make assistantship offers alongside admissions offers when possible. Enrollment demands and curriculum changes may force limits in the number of students permitted to enroll in each incoming cohort and in each course.

Prospective graduate students will be invited to a virtual preview day on February 25, 2022.

If you have any questions or need further information about the Rhetoric & Writing Studies Ph.D. Program, you are welcome to contact Dr. Sue Carter Wood, Director of the Doctoral Program (

Application Requirements

The application consists of the following parts and requirements, and is submitted through the online application administered by BGSUs Graduate College Admissions. All portions of the application are submitted through this system.

1. All applicants must submit a completed application accompanied by the appropriate fees. That application can be completed online. While completing this online application, applicants will be prompted to select the degree to which they are applying. Applicants for the Rhetoric & Writing Studies Ph.D. Program should select: "English: Rhetoric and Writing Studies Specialization - PhD."

2. Applicants to all degree programs in English must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College.

3. Applicants must submit transcripts from colleges and/or universities they have attended. See the online application system for details.

4. All non-native English speaking applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). When it is not possible to take the TOEFL or IELTS, applicants may take the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) instead. Those applicants with TOEFL scores below 100 (or equivalent score for the IELTS or MELAB) will rarely be admitted.

5. The Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. Program does not require GRE scores for applicants with or completing graduate degrees from accredited universities in the United States and Canada.

6. All applicants must submit a 10-15 page (double spaced) writing sample from recent analytical academic work.

7. When applying to the Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. Program, you must submit a current CV (Curriculum Vitae). You must also submit a Statement of Purpose (2 pages double spaced) about your background, your scholarly interests, your professional goals, and your reasons for wanting to become part of the program.

8. All applicants must request three Letters of Recommendation from persons acquainted with their academic experience. Each applicant enters information about recommenders into the online application, which sends a request for the letter to the recommender. However, it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact each recommender and ensure that each recommender submits the letter by the application due date.

Questions about the status of your application materials should be directed to the Graduate Secretary Danielle Burkin at or (419)-372-6864.

Prospective Graduate Student Visit Day

Prospective graduate students are invited to a virtual visit of the English Department on February 25, 2022. Learn more about our visit day.

Updated: 03/15/2022 09:17PM