Rhetoric and Professional Communication
The PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication focuses on the rhetorical theory, history, pedagogy, and practice of written, oral, visual, and electronic communication (WOVE) in professional communities, such as business, industry, science, and government. The degree prepares graduates for academic positions in rhetoric, in multimodal composition, and in business, professional, and technical communication, as well as for work in the private and public sectors as professional communication specialists, editors, designers, and communications managers. Candidates are required to complete 72 hours of graduate credit including a dissertation and to pass a portfolio assessment, a preliminary examination (consisting of a written comprehensive examination and a special field examination), and an oral defense of the dissertation. The English Department offers a Master of Arts in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication as well.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Demonstrate understanding and application of theories, research methods, and concepts in rhetoric, professional communication, and multimodal composition
- Use a variety of technologies and media for designing and implementing effective, audience-centered communication
- Analyze and critique communication in a variety of organizational and public contexts
- Synthesize multiple historical and contemporary sources within research projects
- Design and produce scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the field
Contact: Teresa Smiley
Graduate Studies Program, 203 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1201
Graduate College Requirements:Program Specific Requirements:
- 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
- Academic Records/Transcripts
- Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
- Proof of English Proficiency.
- 1. Three letters of recommendation (LOR)
- 2. Curriculum vitae/resume
- 3. Statement of purpose and personal goals
- 4. Application for Teaching Assistantship statement
- 5. Writing sample according to our guidelines
- 6. All nonnative speaking applicants must provide an audio/video of spontaneous spoken English emailed to email@example.com.
- NOTE: Nonnative speakers of English may NOT be required to submit English proficiency test scores (see below). Review downloadable Graduate Application Instructions document.
- Program Requires GRE: No
- Program Requires GMAT: No
- Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
- Financial Statement: Application
- English Proficiency Minimum:
TOEFL Paper (PBT) 623 TOEFL Internet (iBT) 106 IELTS 8 PTE 79 Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 125
- January 5 (once per year for fall semester entry only), with applications accepted and evaluated beginning October 15. Early applications are encouraged.
This program is open to domestic and international students.
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