Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication


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). The English Department offers a PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication as well.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: None

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Online Degrees: None

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Teresa Smiley
Phone: 515-294-2477
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ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

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)

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
IELTS 7.00
PTE 68

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application