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English, Rhetoric and Composition


The M.A. in English is designed for those who desire to prepare for any career requiring advanced skills in the research, analysis, and presentation-written and spoken-of language and ideas.


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Composition, M.A.

Contact Information

Dr. Tom Hillard
(208) 426-2991
Liberal Arts Building
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1525

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in English from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office. Applicants without a bachelor’s in English are required to have a strong background in the field and should discuss their qualifications with the director of the program.
  3. An essay from 500-700 words explaining your goals in pursuing graduate study in English.
  4. A writing sample of 8-10 pages, preferably academic writing completed within the past two years. For students who completed their undergraduate work more than one year before their application, professional writing of similar length, such as, but not limited to a grant proposal, a newsletter, or a business report may be submitted to fulfill this requirement. The applicant’s writing sample must be accompanied by a brief statement of the context for which the writing was done.
  5. Official GRE scores. You should score at least a 500 (if the test was taken on or before August 2011) or a 153 (if the test was taken after August 2011) on the Verbal Section. Scores on sections other than the Verbal Section are for information purposes only.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with your academic work.


Teaching Assistantships that include a stipend and a tuition and fee waiver may be available on a competitive basis. Writing Center Assistantships that include a stipend and a tuition and fee waiver may be available on a competitive basis.
Deadline: January 15

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: October 15