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Academics

Program of Study

The MAWRM program offers a flexible curriculum that allows you to tailor the degree to meet your individual professional goals. You will take four core courses and five classes in a specialty area. The core courses cover rhetorical theories, visual rhetoric, digital rhetoric, and composition theory.

Electives in a specialty area allow you to customize your degree program to meet your career goals. Specializations you can develop include:

  • Technical writing
  • New media and digital publishing
  • Usability and user-experience design
  • Teaching of writing
  • Corporate communications
  • Health communications

In each of these areas, the program allows you to select courses designed to create a specialization. Also, rather than selecting one of the specializations above, you may choose to create a custom specialization from courses in one or more of the above areas, courses offered by the program in other areas and/or courses offered by other departments.

Examples of recent course offerings include:

  • Advanced technical editing
  • The future of the book
  • Communication culture and social networks
  • Digital video production
  • Usability testing

To earn the MAWRM, you will complete the required course work (30 credit hours), pass a qualifying exam on a list of readings and complete a portfolio-the main component of which is a semester-long, potentially publishable paper or a client project accepted by the student’s portfolio committee. Client projects allow candidates to work in industry for academic credit. Most students complete the degree in two years or less (some students complete the degree while working full-time, thus taking longer to finish).

Our Students

The MAWRM program is comprised of students who hold bachelor’s degrees in diverse areas, such as biology, computer science, English, marketing, political science, communications, and psychology. The program currently has 24 students.