Master of Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric (TWDR), MA


Program Description

The Master's program in Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric focuses on the intersections between technology and composition. Students of the program will study the foundation of rhetorical theory as it relates to and is represented in digital spaces.  Students will practice key communication skills and produce digital and print content.  Students will advance their knowledge and experience in writing across professional contexts as they prepare for the modern workforce, college-level teaching, or doctoral programs in new media, digital rhetoric, or technical writing.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the graduate program in Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric will be based on the number of seats available and an evaluation of the following information:

  1. B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent for international students
  2. 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in the final two years of the applicant's B.A. or B.S. degree
  3. Writing samples
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Letter of intent

Additional requirements for international students:

All international students and any applicants educated outside the United States must demonstrate proficiency in Standard American English.  Those whose native language is not English must submit an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer-based).  The score may not be more than two years old.

Program Curriculum

30 credits

Required Courses:
ENGL 6400Advanced Editing3
ENGL 6401Research Methods in Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric3
ENGL 6402Critical Theories in Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric3
Complete 18 credits from the following:
ENGL 6460Special Topics in Digital Rhetoric3-6
ENGL 6470Special Topics in Writing Technologies3-6
ENGL 6480Special Topics in Technical Writing3-6
ENGL 6820Practicum in Teaching College Composition3
ENGL 6900Professional Internship3
ENGL 6971Professional Portfolio in Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric3
ENGL 6920RDirected Readings in Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric3-6
Choose one of the following:
ENGL 6900Professional Internship3
ENGL 6971Professional Portfolio in Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric3
ENGL 6972RMaster's Thesis3

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Master's Degree in Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric, students must do the following:

  1. Complete 30 approved credit hours with no grade lower than a C
  2. Earn a 3.0 or higher grade point average in the graduate program
  3. Apply for graduation by the dates posted on the Graduation website
  4. Gain final approval for graduation from the Graduate Council
  5. Complete all other program and university requirements