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Masters of Arts in English with Rhetoric and Technical Communication Emphasis

This program provides students with theoretical and applied knowledge in academic, professional, and technical discourses. Students explore interrelationships between rhetoric and technical communication within social, technological, and cultural contexts to prepare for careers in public and private sectors, as well as further study in doctoral programs.

Technical communication is one of the top occupations in terms of growth and projected demand. The US Department of Labor estimates that opportunities in technical communication will continue to grow faster than average. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (2015) indicates that "Employment of technical writers is expected to grow 10 percent, or faster than the average for all occupations, from 2014 to 2024. Demand over this decade is expected to increase because of the continuing expansion of scientific and technical information and the growing presence of customer service and Web-based product support networks." The top employers in the state of Washington are software publishers, computer and data processing services, and the computer systems design industry.

Apply:

Graduate Studies Office:  Apply online: www.ewu.edu/grad

Required by Department of English

  • Personal application statement: 800-1,000 words
  • Professional writing sample: 10-15 pages
  • Two letters of reference

Send to: Dr. Teena Carnegie, Director RTC;  203 Patterson Hall; Cheney, WA 99004
email: tcarnegie@ewu.edu
phone: 509.359.6037 fax: 509.359.6206

Optional: Application for teaching assistantship
See: http://www.ewu.edu/grad/assistantships-and-tuition-waivers/graduate-assistantships

  • Completed Application for Graduate Service Appointment form
  • Additional letter describing applicant's interest in and prior experience with teaching (submitted to Department of English)

Application Due Dates

Complete applications for quarterly admission are due in the Graduate Studies Office no fewer than three weeks before the start of classes for the intended enrollment term.

February 15th for fall term enrollment (with financial aid)
Applicants must submit all application materials by February 15th to be considered for priority financial aid funding. See http://www.ewu.edu/admissions/financial-aid/fa_apply

March 1st for teaching assistantship appointment
Graduate Service Appointments (GSAs) are awarded on a competitive basis to students of outstanding promise by the Department of English. Teaching assistantships are awarded in March for the following year. Early application is encouraged.

What will I study?

For current information about program requirements, please see current EWU Catalog.

Internship guidelines can be found here: Internship_Guidelines

Thesis and Professional Project guidelines can be accessed here: Thesis_Guidelines     Professional_Project_Guidelines

Interesting courses I might take:

  • Information design, proposal writing, Instructions and procedures

What could I do with my degree?

  • RTC graduate career opportunities include the following: Professional writing (industry, government and non-profits) Graphic communication Proposal writing Software documentation Web design Public relations Editing Teaching and training
  • RTC graduate career opportunities include the following: Professional writing (industry, government and non-profits) Graphic communication Proposal writing Software documentation Web design Public relations Editing Teaching and training
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