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MA & PhD Application

We admit students to the MA and PhD programs in rhetoric and scientific & technical communication (RSTC) only for the fall semester of each year. You must have completed a bachelor's degree before you can begin our MA or PhD programs. There are no minimum GRE or GPA scores required for acceptance. Your scores are considered holistically along with your background and research interests to determine if you are a good match for our programs.

All application materials should be submitted electronically via the ApplyYourself Admissions System.

Application deadline: January 5th

The Graduate School must receive all of the following materials by the deadline before your application will be considered for fall semester admission. We suggest that you submit your application materials to the Graduate School at least three weeks before the deadline to allow them time to process the information and forward it to our department.

Please contact our Graduate Programs Administrator, Nan Nelson, by email or phone if you have any questions.

Materials How to submit
Graduate School application Please read the Graduate School’s application instructions and apply online. All materials should be submitted through the Graduate School’s online system.
Department application Complete the PDF iconMA/PhD Application form and upload it under the “Graduate Program Additional Application" in the "Program Supplementary Information” section in ApplyYourself.
Application fee As specified by the Graduate School. See more information about fees.
Statement of objectives Statement 1: In a statement of no more than 1000 words, explain why you want to study in our department and, if relevant, describe your bachelor's program and how the MA will build on it. Be as specific as you can, linking your interests and areas of experience to areas of study and expertise in our department. In particular, we encourage you to identify a potential faculty advisor whose research interests match your own, indicating whether or not you have been in contact with this person.

Statement 2: Answering the second statement is optional.
Transcripts Upload unofficial transcripts or academic records from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail paper copies of your transcripts; you do not need official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will request official copies of this material. This material must be sent directly to the Graduate School Admissions Office from the institutions(s) before you will be allowed to enroll.

See important information about uploading your transcripts and credentials.
Curriculum vitae or resume Please provide a curriculum vitae that includes mention of any academic awards or honors you have received.
Letters of recommendation (3) Recommendations may be submitted through the Graduate School's online application system. If you are a recent graduate, at least one letter should come from your undergraduate advisor, major professor, or department chair. Evaluation forms from employers are also acceptable.

If necessary, letters may be sent directly to Nan Nelson.
Writing samples (2) Upload two writing samples of academic or professional work into the “Other Information” portion on the “Graduate Program Supplementary Information” section of ApplyYourself.

At least one sample must demonstrate your ability to carry out research and construct an argument based on research. (Fewer than 20 pages for each sample, please.)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores The University of Minnesota Graduate School institution code is 6874. (Scores are valid for five years.)
English language test scores For non-native English speakers: TOEFL, IELTS.

See more information about TOEFL Scores.