Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Rhetorical and Professional Communication


657 Ross Hall

Alumni Hall

Ames, IA 50011

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - English (specialization in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication);

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The master's program features a wide range of courses in 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 writing is also available. The program prepares students to teach business and technical writing, write proposals and grants, produce manuals and in-house publications, and edit various kinds of documents.
The doctoral program focuses on the theory of rhetoric and the practice of written communication in professional communities such as business, industry, and government. The degree qualifies graduates for academic positions in rhetoric and in business and technical communication as well as to work in the private sector as professional writing specialists, editors, and communications production managers. The 21-member faculty is among the largest in the discipline and research interests extend to all major areas of rhetorical theory, composition pedagogy, and professional practice.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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