2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

English, Rhetoric and Composition MA

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: MA
Department: Writing and Rhetoric Option: Thesis, Non-thesis
Program Websites: https://writingandrhetoric.cah.ucf.edu/rhetoric-and-composition-ma/ 
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Rhetoric and Composition Master of Arts track prepares students for teaching college-level writing, for continuing to a PhD program in rhetoric and composition, and for working in public and professional situations that call for effective persuasion and communication.

The program prepares students to engage in technologically adept, theory-based writing research and pedagogy. The program emphasizes rhetorical, writing, and literacy traditions and theories, particularly as they relate to the teaching of writing. This degree is ideal preparation for teaching college-level writing, for continuing to a PhD program in rhetoric and composition, and for working in public and professional situations that call for effective persuasion and communication.

Upon completion of this program, students receive a Master of Arts in English diploma and their transcript shows both Master of Arts in English and Rhetoric and Composition track.


Each student must complete at least 33 credit hours, including 15 credit hours of required courses, 15 credit hours of elective courses, and 3 hours of thesis/non-thesis hours. Before beginning thesis/non-thesis hours, the student will develop and get approved an annotated bibliography related to their proposed thesis topic.

The program requires that students complete a thesis or non-thesis project approved by the graduate faculty that contributes to some aspect of rhetorical, writing, and/or literacy studies.

Total Credit Hours Required: 33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Elective Courses—15 Credit Hours

Restricted—9 Credit Hours

Unrestricted—6 Credit Hours

Students will work with an adviser to choose two other graduate-level Writing and Rhetoric courses or approved courses outside the department (e.g., English, Texts & Technology, History).

Thesis—3 Credit Hours

Students complete a formal thesis on a topic selected in consultation with an advisory committee and will meet both departmental and university requirements for the thesis. 

  • ENC 6971 - Thesis 3 Credit Hours

Non-thesis—3 Credit Hours

Students complete either an essay intended for publication or a portfolio representative of their work in the program. 

  • ENC 6918 - Directed Research 3 Credit Hours 

Annotated Bibliography

The annotated bibliography should consist of at least 15 sources relevant to the student’s thesis. It must be completed before the thesis and approved by the program director in consultation with the student’s planned advisory committee. Annotations should indicate how the student might use the sources in the thesis.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the Admissions , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in English, Rhetoric, and Composition, Writing Studies, Communication Studies, or related discipline. Or a completed bachelors degree with substantial coursework in one of the aforementioned areas.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or others familiar with applicant’s academic potential.
  • One year of a foreign language at the university level (may be taken while in graduate residence).
  • A one to two-page goal statement addressing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • A writing sample that demonstrates an ability to analyze and argue, approximately ten pages. Writing should be “clean”: typed, error-free, with no teacher comments. The academic essay should demonstrate an ability to follow a scholarly documentation format such as MLA or APA.
  • A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant’s degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.
  • A résumé or cv is required for applicants seeking assistantship positions.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a credential evaluation showing an equivalent bachelor’s degree in the U.S. A course-by-course evaluation must be provided, with a GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on the evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree. 

Application Deadlines

English MA, Rhetoric and Composition *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Apr 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 1 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Dustin Edwards, PhD
Telephone: 407-823-0746
Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH) 166E

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes

GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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