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Rhetoric and Writing Studies

San Diego State University

12 months
9570 USD/year
9570 USD/year
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This department at San Diego State University offers a Master of Arts Degree in Rhetoric and Writing Studies.


Graduate Program

We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds whose interests include theories and histories of rhetoric, professional and technical writing, the teaching of writing, new media, and rhetorics of culture, politics and social difference.

The Rhetoric and Writing Studies program at San Diego State University offers students from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds an opportunity for intensive study of written, spoken and visual language and their relationship to knowledge, culture, and professional practice. Courses inquire into the resources of persuasion and ways in which these have been theorized historically; writing theory and pedagogy; and the social, political, and workplace frameworks in which arguments are situated.

The program prepares students for advanced study in rhetoric, and such careers as teaching at the college and secondary levels; curriculum design; technical, scientific and professional writing; public relations; corporate communication and training; publishing; document and information design; educational technology; web development; medical informatics and others.

Students in the M.A. program complete a 30-unit program of study beyond the bachelor's level. In addition to the general major, the program offers two specializations: Teaching of Writing and Professional Writing. All students must complete 15 units of Core Courses and 15 units specific to the general major or their specialization. 

The program includes a teaching internship for students in the Teaching of Writing specialization and a technical writing internship for students in the Professional Writing specialization, or, where appropriate, special study based on work experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Editing
  • Professional Writing 
  • Advanced Professional Writing 
  • Writing Project Management 
  • Writing Internship
  • Professional Communication in Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Scientific Writing 
  • Teaching Composition in Secondary Schools 
  • Rhetoric and Culture
  • Writing Tutor Theory and Practice 
  • Reading and Writing Rhetorically 
  • History of Rhetoric 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
4.5 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Cal State Apply Application
  • Create an SDSU WebPortal Account
  • Submit Official Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
  • Submit Official Test Scores
  • Submit Program Specific Documents
  • Applicants who have earned a three-year baccalaureate degree from an international institution, may be considered for admission.

Tuition Fee

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    9570 USD/year
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    9570 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9570 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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