Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

DePaul University

24 months
715 USD/credit
715 USD/credit
715 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse graduate program from DePaul University is Chicago's only master's-level program with a singular focus on writing, rhetoric, pedagogy and language.


The Program

Through a solid theoretical foundation in rhetoric and discourse paired with practical training, the master’s in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD) from DePaul University both makes you a better writer and teaches you exciting new ways to think about the history, craft and politics of writing. With the option to concentrate in Professional & Digital Writing or Teaching Writing & Language, you’ll develop lifelong skills that are invaluable to a range of careers. Read about WRD courses, events and alumni on our blog.

With an MA in WRD, you can pursue professional roles such as:

  • Writing for businesses, nonprofits and tech companies
  • Producing and managing digital content
  • Working in an instructional design role at a university or other educational setting
  • Teaching writing in a post-secondary institution
  • Continuing the study of writing in a PhD program
  • Advancing your career as a high school English teacher

Enhance your degree with graduate certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges, and Digital Humanities.

Courses are offered on weekday evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in two years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ancient rhetorics
  • Contemporary rhetorics
  • Multicultural rhetorics
  • Global englishes
  • Discourse and style
  • Genre theory and practice
  • Topics in rhetorical history
  • Topics in community, culture and identity
  • Topics in language
  • Sociolinguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline to be considered for a graduate assistantship is February 15.




48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A graduate application
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous schools attended
  • Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words): In your Statement of Purpose, specifically discuss the academic and professional experiences that helped shape your decision to pursue graduate work in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD). Explain your educational and career objectives and how these relate to the MA in WRD program.
  • Current resume or CV
  • 15 to 20 pages of your own written work.
  • Two letters of recommendation, which speak to your academic and professional abilities.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    715 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    715 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    715 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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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