Feb 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Written Communication (WRCM)

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This program prepares students for careers in professional writing, editing and publishing, or the teaching of writing at the elementary, secondary or community college levels. It also provides thorough preparation for Ph.D. studies in rhetoric and composition.

Applicants may combine academic and professional experience in support of their application.

Program Admission

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed graduate school application
  2. A personal statement (we recommend that these statements be 1 to 2 pages in length)
  3. Official transcripts from ALL prior colleges and universities (note: If you attended EMU, you do not need to request your EMU transcript)
  4. An academic writing sample (preferably something related to your intended concentration in either the Teaching of Writing or Professional Communication)
  5. Two letters of recommendation

International Transcripts - Post-secondary transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be submitted directly to one of four approved evaluation services for a detailed, course by course report. See International Admission Checklist for additional information. Applicants should allow 2-6 weeks for the evaluation to be completed.

Department Information

English Language & Literature, College of Arts & Sciences

Joseph Csicsila, Ph.D. | Interim Department Head | 612 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.4220 | jcsicsila@emich.edu

Matt Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. | Graduate Coordinator | 613J Pray-Harrold | 734.487.0399 | mkirkpa1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Steven Benninghoff, Ph.D. | Program Coordinator | 612 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.4220 | sbenningh1@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 30-32 hours

Two Options:

Choose one of the following two options

Thesis or Writing Project: 3 hours

Elective Courses: 6 hours

Any Graduate Level Course. Students typically select from among courses in writing, linguistics, literature, reading, teaching English as a second language, communication theory, computer science, measurement and evaluation, psychology, statistics.

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