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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Rhetoric, Composition and Professional Communication Iowa State University



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Course info


The MA in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication (RCPC) prepares students for careers in business, technical, and professional communication in the private and public sectors and for teaching writing and communication at the postsecondary level. It features a wide range of courses on the history, theory, and pedagogy of rhetoric and writing; in communication theory and professional document analysis, design, and production; and on a variety of special topics. An internship in professional communication is also available. The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credits including a final thesis or creative component (3 credits).

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

Understand the field of rhetoric, composition, and technical communication in the United States and internationally

Understand, analyze, and act upon humane and ethical issues, especially as they entail decisions facing professional communicators in business and in the academy situated in an increasingly complex, technological society

Apply the historical and theoretical understanding necessary to the discipline to assess the impact of specific technologies upon communication within complex organizations and institutions

Synthesize their strategies for problem-solving and their skills in rhetorical analysis in designing, composing, and evaluating professional documents, including those for electronic, networked environments

Integrate oral, written, electronic, and visual skills to produce effective professional communication in the contemporary workplace

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts (M.A.) in Rhetoric, Composition and Professional Communication.

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$26,352.00 (19,31,586) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Iowa State requires a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

International degrees must be comparable to a US bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.

A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 95
TOEFL Paper (PBT): 587
IELTS: 7.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 68
Duo Lingo English Test: 115 (only approved through Fall 2021 admission cycle)

Application Deadlines: January 5 for fall semester entry, with applications accepted and evaluated beginning October 15. Early applications are encouraged. October 15 for spring semester entry (no assistantships, scholarships, or fellowships available with spring admission)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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