MA Requirements

Rhetoric and Professional Writing

The MA degree in Rhetoric and Professional Writing requires students to complete a minimum of 30 credits, including:

Required Courses:

  • 705: Rhetorics and Community Engagement Colloquium (3 semesters at 1 credit each)
  • 712: Theories in Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement
  • 713: Research Methods in Rhetorics, Literacies, and Community Engagement
  • 750: History of Rhetoric and Writing Studies

Core Courses: Select 18 credits from the list below (no more than 6 credits from courses below the 700 level)

    • 427G: Writing for Nonprofits
    • 431G: Topics in Advanced Communications
    • 432G: The Rhetoric of Argument
    • 439G: Information Design
    • 443G: Grant Writing
    • 444G: Technical Editing
    • 633G: Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing
    • 701: Writing Pedagogies
    • 711: Topics in Public and Professional Writing
    • 749: Advanced Internship in Professional Writing and Community Engagement
    • 755: Issues in Writing Research
    • 790: Master’s Project
    • 854: Seminar in College Writing Pedagogy
    • 855: Seminar in Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement

Students in the MA program who wish to enter the PhD program should discuss their plans early with both their advisor and the Plan B Coordinator. Please also see the Graduate Student Handbook and the Graduate School Academic Catalog.

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.