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Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 19536 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 19536 USD/year
466 USD/credit 7689 USD/year
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Envision. Create. Communicate. Join James Madison University's Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication graduate program and learn the kinds of research, analytical and reasoning skills to be successful in a wide range of professional jobs. 


The specific goals of the masters degree are to help students:

  • Define what effective communication means in writing, rhetoric and technical communication environments.
  • Enhance their understanding of how and why communication works.
  • Learn how to identify and eliminate barriers to effective communication.
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their communication management.
  • Develop research skills.

To achieve these goals, the programs at James Madison University combine work in theory, writing, text design, and analysis of communication systems and contexts to help students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to begin careers in writing, rhetoric and technical communication. The programs emphasize scholarly, humanistic and social scientific perspectives on the function and application of writing, rhetoric and technical communication.

Consequently, the programs provide students with not only the knowledge and skills required for careers in industry, business or government but also the research skills and communication theory that will prepare them for doctoral study in communication and rhetoric. The long-range goal of the degree, then, is to enable program graduates to grow as professionals and, ultimately, to contribute to the developing field of writing, rhetoric and technical communication.

Students work with school advisers to design a program that fits their unique educational needs and career aspirations. Depending on their backgrounds and options they might choose to pursue while in the Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication degree program, students may decide to take additional courses to obtain knowledge or skills in specialized areas. For example, students may choose to take extra course work to enhance their skills in communication technologies or to deepen their academic training in the writing, rhetoric and technical communication content areas in which they intend to work as professional writers or editors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organizational Communication
  • Special Topics in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication 
  • Ethics in Communication 
  • Intercultural Literacies 
  • Publication Management 
  • Teaching Writing 
  • Public Work of Rhetoric 
  • Genre in Action 
  • Legal Writing 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications for Fall admission will be considered on a rolling basis until April 1 or until all available seats in the program are filled.


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a research statement that explains how the graduate program relates to the applicant's prior experience, how specific faculty research agendas speak to the applicant's own interests and how the program fits into the applicant's long-term professional goals.
  • 20-30 pages (or equivalent) of academic and/or professional work samples (essays, reports, proposals, websites, visual campaigns, etc.) comprised of one or more documents.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from people who are qualified based on direct experience with the student to comment on the applicant's academic preparation and professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19536 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    19536 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7689 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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