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Application Checklist

Admission is competitive and selective. Applicants seeking admission will provide the following application materials for to Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Advisory Committee will not begin reviewing a candidate's application until the file contains all of the items listed.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for fall term applications (2014) is July 15, 2014

The deadline for spring term (2015) applications is November 15, 2014


  • Completed Apply Texas application form.
  • 500-word Statement of Purpose that addresses the following questions in detail. Support your views with reasons and examples drawn from such areas as your reading, experience, observations, or academic studies. Be sure to develop your ideas fully and organize them coherently: Why do you want to study rhetoric and composition? What topics or issues in our field might you want to study further and why? What qualifies you to embark upon this field of study? What experience do you have in this field? How do you plan to use your degree? [This Statement of Purpose requirement is referred to in the application form; you may submit it as a separate document.]
  • A 10-15 page sample of your academic writing is required for your application. You should submit a formal argumentative essay that was positively received by an undergraduate professor. Consider polishing and revising the essay before submitting it with your application.
  • Two letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation form (PDF) from individuals well-acquainted with your work and who are able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors.
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions that 1) reflect at least the last sixty semester credit hours of course work and evidence of degree awarded and 2) show the GPA (as admission to the degree program is competitive, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be preferred).
  • GRE Scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing sections. You need only take the standard GRE (which includes quantitative, verbal, and analytic writing sections), no subject tests. While we look at all the scores, we rely on only the writing score. We understand this is a timed writing test, but it gives the committee another perspective on the applicant’s writing ability.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language scores, if you are a graduate of a university where English is not the primary language of instruction (the MSPWTC Graduate Advisory Committee will consider all TOEFL scores on a case-by-case basis, but preferred TOEFL scores are: an internet-based score of 86, a computer-based score of 250, or paper-based score of 600)

Contact for more information:

Dr. Adam Ellwanger
Department of English
(713) 226-5577

Forms for Application

Apply Texas

Recommendation Form


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