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Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric Admission

Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric Admission

Admissions Requirements

All documents required must be uploaded in PDF format. 

Applicants are expected to meet the following minimum criteria for acceptance into the Master of Arts in Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric program: 

Completed Application Form & Paid Application Fee

Login or create an account on the application portal to apply for admission. A non-refundable $50 application fee must be paid.

Official Transcripts

A 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in the final two years of the applicant's B.A. or B.S. degree is required. Official transcripts are required from each college or university you attended. Coursework completed at one institution and posted on the transcript of a second institution is not acceptable- a transcript from the original institution is required. (This includes summer coursework, exchange programs, etc.) Transcripts must be sent directly from each prior college or university to the DSU Registrar.

Writing Samples

Please submit one or more writing samples of which you are the sole author totaling 10 to 30 pages. The samples should be from customary genres, including (but not limited to) descriptions, specifications, computer documentation, proposals, memoranda, formal reports, newsletters, online documentation, or web pages. We will accept traditional academic essays, but preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate mastery of basic craft and promise of success in professional/technical writing. Your writing sample can be comprised of one or multiple bodies of work equal to the page requirements.

(2) Confidential Letters of Recommendation

Applicants will submit the contact information for each recommender in the application portal. Each letter of recommendation is to be addressed to the DSU TW&DR admissions committee and submitted by the recommender. Recommenders will submit letters via the application portal. Letters of recommendation are confidential and will not be released to the applicant. 

Personal Introduction

Please compose a personal introduction (300-500 words) describing your academic and/or professional goals, interests, and background as a current or prospective professional or technical writer. When you submit your application online, you will be prompted to upload this document.

B.A. or B.S. Degree

The applicant's bachelor's degree must be from a regionally Accredited College or University, or the equivalent for international students.

 All international students must demonstrate language proficiency in Standard American English. 

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