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Department of English
PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines for the PhD applications?

January 15 for Fall. PhD students are only accepted for the fall semester.

Does the same requirement for standardized test apply to the PhD program applicants?

You must take the GRE General Test.

In addition to the application, what supplemental materials are required for admission to the PhD?

Official transcript documenting successful completion of a masters degree, scores on the General GRE (taken within the past ten years), a TOEFL score of no less than 600 points (International students), three letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, a statement of purpose, and writing sample.

What is the stipend for PhD graduate assistantships?

PhD students in good standing are eligible for $7000 per semester for 20 hours of work. 

What is a tuition remission (waiver) and am I eligible for one?

A tuition remission covers only tuition. Students are responsible for fees.

Can 6000 level courses count toward the doctorate?

Yes, but you must request approval from the Director of Graduate Studies before you enroll in the course. The majority of your courses should be at the 7000 or 8000 level.

Is the program online? If not, how much time is required on campus?

The PhD program is a campus program, and all of the required courses are offered as campus only. You may choose to take online courses as part of your electives.

Can I get an MA in English or only a PhD?

We do have a MA program, which is separate from the PhD.