Where are you applying?
The Department of English welcomes applications for MA and PhD degrees in Literature, Linguistics, or Creative Writing. TTU and the English Department offers approximately $100,000 in competitive scholarships and fellowships each year. All students admitted to the onsite graduate program are automatically considered for teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, scholarships, and fellowships.
ONSITE MA and PhD in ENGLISH (top candidates funded through teaching positions)
The program offers four graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Technical Communication (on-campus and online) and Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (on-campus and online). Application procedures are virtually identical across these four degrees. Where there are differences, they will be noted below. The GRE is not required for any program.
Deadline for Onsite and Online Doctoral Program
The TCR Graduate Program reviews applications for the Doctoral program only once a year for Fall admission. Start your application early and have it completed before the holidays to avoid any delays. Applications completed after the deadline will not be considered.
Only successful applicants for the onsite doctoral program are eligible for teaching assistantships. Funding is not available for online students.
Deadline for Onsite Masters Program
The TCR Graduate Program reviews applications for the onsite Masters program only once a year for Fall admission. Start your application early and have it completed before the holidays to avoid any delays. Applications completed after the deadline will not be considered.
All successful applicants are eligible for teaching assistantships.
Deadlines for Online Masters Program
Teaching assistantships are not available for successful applicants in the online program.
What to Include in Your Application:
Recommendation for Successful Applications
All applicant packages are evaluated holistically, which is to say that every piece of the application package contributes to the applicant's overall desirability. Specifically, we are looking for applications that contain synergistic arguments for the applicant's good fit with the program and its objectives.
If you have any questions concerning the materials and documents you submit to the Graduate School, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. For program inquiries, please email the program director.
Detailed Application Requirements
When the technical communication faculty looks over your application materials, your writing sample, statement of intent, and letters of reference have a huge impact on the way we perceive you.
The writing sample gives us a chance to see the way you think, organize information, and produce essays and documents. It also indicates your fluency with the English language and gives us a clue as to your experience with writing, editing, and revision. We prefer to have an analytical or critical writing sample, as these genres reveal a lot about the writer and help us make our admissions decision. Maximum length in all cases is 10-20 pages (or 2000-4000 words).
Statement of Intent
This statement, which identifies your goals for graduate study, should be approximately 500-1000 words long and should indicate the reasons for your interest in graduate study and explain your career objectives.
Letters of Reference
You are responsible for requesting the letters of reference. The letters should address your likelihood of success in graduate school and beyond.
Workplace Experience (MATC)
Experience in the field is a good predictor of success in the program. Although we have not established a minimum amount of workplace experience, we prefer for applicants to have at least two years' experience in some form of professional communication, which should be indicated either on your program application or in an enclosed resume.
Distance Learning Agreement (Online Applicants)
All online program applicants need to sign and return our Distance Learning Agreement, which indicates that you understand our requirements for technology, time, and honor.
Instructorships are not available for online students at this time.
Taking a Break from Studies (Online PhD)
We have not established a minimum amount of time between your master's coursework and your application to this program, but we prefer for applicants to have at least two years' distance from their most recent formal graduate work. Please note that this hiatus is not a requirement, but a preference, and the program will hold no bias for or against applicants based on their most recent graduate work.
Employer Commitment Letter (Online PhD)
This letter of commitment from your employer explicitly acknowledging that class and May workshop attendance is obligatory. This letter must be signed and on company letterhead. Your employer should indicate in this letter that they:
Teaching Appointments (On-Campus Applicants)
On campus Doctoral students are usually awarded graduate part-time instructorships
(GPTI positions) to begin with their first semester. MATC students are usually offered
MA apprentice positions to begin with their first semester. Both the instructorship
and the apprenticeship includes a waiver of most tuition and fees. The stipend in
2022-2023 for graduate students falls between $14,500 (MA students) and $20,000 (PhD