What will I learn?

The Texas State MARC program ranks among the top nationwide with award-winning faculty and commitment to student success. Students enjoy a vibrant community dedicated to studying written discourse and the teaching of writing within a variety of contexts. The program also develops unique programs of study combining foundational knowledge with focused study in areas ranging from minority and feminist rhetoric’s to digital literacy’s, writing for social justice, and writing centre studies.

Course Work

The M.A. in rhetoric and composition requires 33 credit hours and includes both thesis and portfolio options. All students take 12 hours of core courses which provide a solid and shared foundation in theory, pedagogy, and research methods. Students choose nine to 12 hours of electives to craft a degree program that meets their needs. Thesis students complete nine elective hours in rhetoric and composition plus six hours in a cognate in addition to six thesis hours. Portfolio students complete 12 elective hours in rhetoric and composition, six hours in a cognate, and three hours of directed portfolio course work.

Career Options

The MARC degree prepares students to:

Pursue writing careers in business, industry, and nonprofits

Teach writing in high school, community college, and university settings

Develop and administer writing programs and writing centres in these settings

Train teachers of writing

Enter doctoral programs in rhetoric and composition

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,600.00 per year
Summer tuition fee: USD $7,710; Given tuition fee is based on 9 hours per semester
Application deadline

15 March 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 31 May 2022


Texas State University

601 University Drive,



78666, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum grade of B in the following: Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (ECO 2314, ECO 2315 or equivalent) Quantitative Methods and Statistics (QMST 2333 or equivalent) Business Calculus (MATH 1329 or equivalent) Business Finance (FIN 3312 or equivalent)

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university

Minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

Minimum 3.0 GPA in 12 or more hours of undergraduate English course work

Regular Admission Scores

Official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall

Official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Application deadline: Fall Term - June 1; Spring Term - October 1; Summer I - March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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