Graduate students in the Department of Writing Studies share a common interest in understanding how people use written communication (digital, visual, textual) to shape the world around them, with a particular emphasis on communication in scientific and technical areas.

What sets our programs apart?

Our graduate students work with internationally recognized faculty who are leaders in the discipline, engaging students in ground-breaking research in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication. Our graduate programs center around a strong sense of community and collaboration, with close working relationships between faculty and students.

What are our graduates doing?

Graduates from our MS and post-baccalaureate certificate program are prepared for technical communication leadership positions in workplace settings including the medical device industry, banking, higher education, online learning, and software development.

Graduates from our MA and PhD program become college professors in areas including technical writing and communication, rhetoric and composition, writing studies and writing pedagogy, and digital literacies.