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Composition - Rhetoric

Eastern Illinois University

12 months
785 USD/credit 25905 USD/year
785 USD/credit 25905 USD/year
327 USD/credit 10791 USD/year
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The Composition - Rhetoric program at Eastern Illinois University will prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including secondary and college-level teaching, editing and publishing, creative writing, research and technical writing in either the private or the public sector.


The Master of Arts in English offers students opportunities to pursue advanced training in one of three areas of concentration: Literary and Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, and Composition/Rhetoric.

The Composition - Rhetoric program graduates at Eastern Illinois University will also be prepared to undertake further study at the doctoral level. Close contact with the department’s excellent graduate faculty allows students to deepen their knowledge of literary study, the teaching of writing and literature, and the use of technology for both scholarly and practical research. 

Graduate assistantships, internships, mentorships, and some classroom teaching are available and integrated into students’ individualized programs of study.

Key Features

The MA in English at EIU offers a high-quality, flexible program ideal for:

  • working high school teachers who wish to continue their education and prepare for dual-credit teaching
  • those preparing to teach English at the community college level or to apply to Ph.D. programs
  • creative writers seeking to hone their craft
  • and other working professionals who seek a flexible MA program in English

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Studies
  • Professional Writing
  • Postcolonial Literatures in English
  • Structure of English
  • Advanced Composition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A copy of your official transcripts
  • A complete online application
  • A $30 application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25905 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    25905 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10791 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 327 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • Per Credit Hour

Living costs for Charleston

1100 - 1500 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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