English MA, Rhetoric and Composition

College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MA
Department : Writing and Rhetoric Option : Thesis
Program Websites : http://writingandrhetoric.cah.ucf.edu/graduate.php


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.


Each student must complete at least 33 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of required courses and 18 credit hours of elective courses. Before beginning 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 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

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • ENC 6335 Rhetorical Traditions (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6720 Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5705 Theory and Practice in Composition (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6712 Studies in Literacy and Writing (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—18 Credit Hours

Restricted—12 Credit Hours

  • ENC 5237 Writing for the Business Professional (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5276 Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5337 Rhetorical Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5745 Teaching Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6945 Community Literacy Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6306 Persuasive Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6247 Proposal Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6332 Gendered Rhetoric (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6333 Contemporary Rhetoric and Composition Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6338 The Rhetorics of Public Debate (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6339 Rhetorical Movements (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6245 Teaching Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6740 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours) Note: This course may be used in the degree program a maximum of 2 times when course content is different.
  • LIN 5137 Linguistics (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 5675 English Grammar and Usage (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6435 Rhetoric of Science (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6428 Digital Literacies (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6421 Digital Rhetorics (3 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)

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 general UCF graduate application requirements, 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.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • 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.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on 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 15Mar 30Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 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.