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Prospective students can apply to the graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition through the Department of English.

The application process varies slightly between each department, but the majority of the requirements are the same. Listed below you will find a general checklist for applying to the graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition, followed by links to the department specific requirements. In each case you will apply first to the University of Utah's graduate school and then to the specific department. If you have any questions at any point in the process, please contact Writing & Rhetoric Studies for assistance.

  1. Apply to the University of Utah's graduate school (make sure that you meet the graduate school requirements before applying).
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit transcripts from all previous universities and colleges you have attended.
  4. International students need to submit their TOEFL scores.

  1. Departmental Application: English: On the English Department application, check the "Rhetoric and Composition" emphasis.
  2. GRE Scores: While there is no minimum score required, we do carefully consider the test as we evaluate your overall application.
  3. Writing Sample:The writing sample is a critical part of your application. For Ph.D. applicants, your writing sample should be a significant paper such as a portion of your Master's thesis or a graduate seminar paper. If you are applying to an MA program, your writing sample might be a senior thesis or substantial paper demonstrating your best academic work.

In both cases, the Department of Writing & Rhetoric is looking for writing that demonstrates your analytical thinking, your sense of academic inquiry, command of rhetorical and composition tools, and your ability to engage existing literature on your topic. While your writing sample need not be directly related to the field of Rhetoric and Composition, we encourage you to select a sample that in some way addresses or engages issues relevant to writing or literacy.

  1. Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement:In this document, please include information that helps us better understand your motivations for pursuing graduate work in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Utah. For example, you might discuss experiences you have had teaching writing or rhetoric, or perhaps you became interested in the field after taking a related undergraduate course. Also include the areas of Rhetoric and Composition that interest you, professors with whom you would like to work, and your future goals.
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation:Your letters should come from academic sources who can attest to the quality of your academic work. Please note that the English Department requires that you use a specific form for your letters.
  3. Application Deadlines:

English: Both the departmental and graduate school Ph.D. and MA, with or without funding, applications are due December 15th.

Below you will find the application websites for the English. More detailed instructions along with all of the required forms can be found on these pages.


Last Updated: 12/23/20