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The PhD qualifies people to conduct independent research by various methods and thus to contribute to knowledge. The PhD is usually a qualification for a professorial position in a university. The aims of study are broad knowledge of the literature on technical communication and rhetoric, specialized knowledge of some aspect of technical communication or rhetoric as reflected in the dissertation research, and ability to conduct ongoing independent research using one or more methods.

The PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric (TCR) is designed for students with an interest in rhetoric, writing, technical communication, and composition. The degree in TCR requires 48 hours of graduate work in rhetoric and technical communication beyond the bachelor's degree, 12 hours of Qualification Exam research, and an additional 12 hours of Dissertation research for a total of 72 hours. Credits earned on a master's degree may count toward these totals.

The degree prepares students for wide array of positions at colleges, university writing programs, and industry positions. The keystone to our success is our specialized courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods taught by the largest TCR faculty program in the world. 

Areas of Emphasis

Students in our programs often specialize in one of three areas: Technical Communication and User-Centered Design; Rhetorical Theory and Practice; or Composition, Writing Studies, and Literacy. These emphasis areas are meant as heuristics to guide students in course selection and career preparation; students are encouraged to take courses in any emphasis area.

Technical Communication and User-Centered Design

Graduate students who specialize in technical communication and user-centered design gain experience in the theories, practices, histories, teaching, and management of workplace communication in institutional and non-institutional settings and in both global and local contexts. Students gain experience in a variety of technical genres; communicating with and about technologies; technical communication practices; design processes; and research methods around usability, user experience, design, and workplace communication—in preparation for positions in industry, consulting, nonprofit work, teaching, and/or research.

5060: History and Theory of Composition. Seminar in history and contemporary theories of composition and rhetoric studies. Required for all new teaching assistants and graduate part-time instructors.

5067: Methods of Teaching College Composition.  Introduces methods of teaching writing through assigned readings, supervised participation in teaching activities, and seminar discussion.

5361: Introduction to Rhetorical Theory. Classical and modern theories of rhetorical invention.

5362: Rhetorical Analysis of Text. Classical and modern theories of rhetorical analysis.

5364: History of Rhetoric. Survey of history and theories of rhetoric with an emphasis on applications to written communication.

5368: Studies in Written Argumentation. History and theories of written argumentation.

5369: Discourse and Technology. Study of the effects of computer networks and digitally mediated knowledge management on theoretical, practical, and pedagogical notions of discourse and discourse communities.

Former Student Work

  • Dissertation: Rhetorical Organization in Contemporary Chinese and English Argumentation: A Contrastive and Comparative Study
  • Dissertation: Understanding Users Undergoing Change: An Examination of an Innovative Hybrid First-Year Composition Course
  • Publication: "New Process, New Product:  Redistributing Labor in a First-Year Writing Program."
  • Publication:"Argument in Hypertext: Writing Strategies and the Problem of Order in a Non-Sequential World"
  • Publication:"Writing Dialogically: Bold Lessons from Electronic Text."
  • Publication: "The Necessity of Teaching Intercultural Communication Competence in Literacy Classes"

Rhetorical Theory and Practice

Graduate students who specialize in rhetorical theory and practice acquire knowledge in traditional study of ancient Greco-Roman rhetoric and build on that knowledge to consider myriad neglected and contemporary rhetorical practices. Students gain experience and knowledge that primes them to research and study public, embodied, visual and other sensory rhetorics; the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine; material and environmental rhetorics; and digital and social media rhetorics. Studying how rhetors, writers, designers, and creators use available means and mediums of persuasion to engage a wide variety of contemporary audiences unites the disparate areas.

5366: Teaching Technical and Professional Communication. Theory and teaching of technical and professional writing with special attention to developing course objectives, syllabi, and teaching techniques.

5371: Foundations of Technical Communication. Theory and practice of technical communication.

5372: Technical Reports. Theory and practice of reports and proposals.

5373: Technical Manuals. Theory and practice of manual development and design.

5374: Technical Editing. Substantive editing and design of technical documents.

5375: Document Design. Theory and practice of creating comprehensible, usable, and persuasive texts.

5376: Online Publishing. Design and testing of online documents to support instruction and information retrieval.

5383: Grants and Proposals. Theoretical issues and practical experience dealing with the genre and process of writing grants and proposals.

5387: Publication Management. Strategies of managing processes and knowledge that support publication.

5388: Usability Testing and Research. Methods of planning, conducting, and analyzing usability tests.

  • Dissertation: Knowledge-Building Spaces in Technical Communication: Navigating a Tertiary Orality
  • Dissertation: Teaching Intercultural Communication in a Service Technical Writing Course: Alternative Ways of Presenting Intercultural Issues in Technical Writing Textbooks and in Real Classrooms
  • Dissertation: Open-Source Software Development and User-Centered Design: A Study of Open-Source Practices and Participants
  • Dissertation: The Role of Rhetorical Invention for Visuals: A Study of Technical Communicators in the Workplace
  • Dissertation: Technical Communication in the Public Sector: Convergence Analysis of Historical Discourse and the Reports of the Immigration Commission, 1911
  • Dissertation: Web-based Training Evaluation in the Workplace: Practices, Instructional Architectures, and Skills
  • Dissertation: Ethos and Exigence: The White Paper in Technical Communication
  • Dissertation: Decision-Making as a Rhetorical Act: The Role of Choice in the Design and Delivery of an Online Education Program
  • Publication: Editing from the Author's Viewpoint: Results of an International Survey
  • Publication: Editing from the Author's Viewpoint: Cross-cultural Results

Composition, Writing, and Literacy Studies

Graduate students who specialize in composition, writing, and literacy studies gain experience that prepares them to research and study writing, the teaching of writing, composing practices, literacy practices and ideologies, online literacy and writing instruction, digital cultures and new media rhetoric, writing program administration, and other issues related to writing and literacy.

5384: Rhetoric of Scientific Literature. The foundational, canonical course for the emphasis. It deals with rhetorical critique of classic science arguments, such as Darwin's Origin of the Species. It also introduces ideas developed further in the specialty courses.

5386: Discourse and Social Issues. Especially when it is taught with a focus on social issues also being those of a scientific nature (e.g. environmental, risk communication, classification, etc.).

5369: Discourse and Technology. Especially when it is taught with a focus on documentation of technology as used in the medical profession or in other applications of science.

5382: Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine. Current theory and research in the written discourses of health and medicine, focusing on the roles of technical and professional.

  • Dissertation: The making of knowledge in science: Case studies of paleontology illustration
  • Publication: Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science.
  • Publication: Optimism and Pessimism on the High Plains: A Tale of Archaeological Reports.
  • Publication: You Just Don't See Enough Normal': Critical Perspectives on Infant-Feeding Discourse and Practice
  • Publication: Understanding Women's Concerns in the International Setting Through the Lens of Science and Technology
  • Publication: The Medical Normalization of Abnormal Bodies: Intersex and Resistance
  • Publication: Artificial Intelligence as a Discursive Practice: The Case of Embodied Software Agent Systems

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1) Illinois Institute of Technology

Name of the degree: “Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities” (used to be called “Ph.D. in Technical Communication”) This is not a practical hands-on program that prepares technical writers for the real world of technical writing out there. However, if you’d like to be an academic and do research and teaching in a university setting in the field of technical communication then this might be what you are looking for. It is a 72-hour program beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students who have earned a master’s degree in a relevant field may transfer up to 30 credit hours. For more info: https://humansciences.iit.edu/humanities/programs/graduate-programs/phd-technology-humanities

TOP 3 Ph.D. Programs in Technical Communication

2) University of Minnesota

Name of the degree: “Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication (RSTC)” This is also a research degree aimed at preparing technical writing students for faculty positions. It is not designed to prepare technical writers to work in government and private sector. Ph.D. candidates must earn a minimum of 42 credits in coursework, at least 27 of which must be taken in Writing Studies classes and seminars. For more info: http://writingstudies.umn.edu/grad/phd/

TOP 3 Ph.D. Programs in Technical Communication

3) Texas Tech University

Name of the degree: “DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION & RHETORIC” The program provides a broad base to conduct research in technical editing , design, rhetorical theory, online documentation, publications management, and usability testing. 60 credit hours are needed to complete the program. For more info: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/doctoral/technical-communication/

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The Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) PhD program at USU prepares students to work as researchers and teachers at colleges and universities. In this program you will take courses in rhetorical theory, cultural and empirical research methods, online pedagogy, and more. Our PhD students have the freedom to conduct research on topics that matter to them, such as climate change communication, professional communication in the Global South, and accessible document design for people with disabilities.  Please reach out to  Lynne McNeill , the Director of Graduate Studies, for specific programmatic questions. 

Career Application

Most graduates of the Technical Communication and Rhetoric PhD program go on to work as university professors. Our PhD program is known for addressing issues of social justice, community engagement, diversity, and service learning— education that prepares our students to be competitive in the academic job market. For examples, recent graduates have accepted tenure-track jobs at Virginia Tech, Texas State, Boise State University, and Montana State University.  

Technical Communication & Rhetoric News

Undergraduates Karli Kallas and Maren Archibald Present Research

March 8, 2024

Undergraduates Karli Kallas and Maren Archibald Present Research

On Friday, February 16th, two Technical Communication and Rhetoric students, Karli Kallas and Maren Archibald, presented their research at the Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Hannah Stevens Publishes in Communication Design Quarterly

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Hannah Stevens Publishes in Communication Design Quarterly

Hannah Stevens, PhD candidate and English Department graduate instructor, has recently published her article, “Publicly Available, Transparent, and Explicit: An Analysis of Academic Publishing Policy and Procedure Documents,” in Communication Design Quart...

Chen Chen Publishes in Technical Communication

January 29, 2024

Chen Chen Publishes in Technical Communication

Assistant Professor Chen Chen recently published an article in Technical Communication: “Reporting Online Aggression: A Transnational Comparative Interface Analysis of Sina Weibo and Twitter.”

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PhD in Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree that prepares students for faculty positions in our core areas of rhetoric, writing studies and pedagogies, and technical communication and for other professional positions that require expertise in writing, rhetoric, and technology. 

The PhD curriculum is structured to ensure all students have broad foundational knowledge while offering the flexibility to build specialized expertise. Students pursue courses in methods and writing pedagogies and take seminars across our three core areas of rhetoric, writing studies, and technical communication. Students also identify a specialty area and pursue a supporting program of courses offered by other departments at the University of Minnesota related to the specialty area. The PhD is a full-time, residential five-year program. If you are considering applying for the PhD program, review our application requirements .

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Our online Technical Writing GAC is a flexible four-course certificate offered in 8-week sessions and taught by award-winning scholars in the field of technical communication. We offer two pathways for prospective students. For students looking to change careers and become technical writers, we offer an industry-centric pathway that highlights the writing, designing, and production skills contemporary technical writers need. Students pursuing the industry pathway must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, but the degree does not need to be in a field related to technical writing. For students who already have an MA or a PhD in a related content area and who want additional technical writing teaching credentials, we offer the teaching-centric pathway that highlights pedagogical and writing strategies for technical writing classrooms. We offer rolling admissions, and new sessions begin every 8-12 weeks.

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Carolyn Commer, Director, Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Writing

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The PhD Program in Rhetoric and Writing at Virginia Tech focuses on rhetoric in society. We study language use and rhetorical activity in public, academic, corporate, and governmental settings in a collective effort to engage pressing social and cultural issues through academic discourse, public policy, and community outreach. 

Why choose this program?

  • Virginia Tech’s Rhetoric and Writing doctoral program has distinguished faculty whose research attends to social problems, disciplinary questions, and the information demands of a cyberconnected world. Areas of strength include medical rhetoric, data visualization, human rights, human-computer interaction, user experience, and cultural and feminist rhetorics. 
  • Virginia Tech is a top-notch research institution and the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences where English is housed possesses a variety of opportunities available to students which enable students to excel. 
  • Our small program enables students to get individualized attention with award-winning and research active faculty. 
  • We engage in rhetoric and writing research that contributes to social progress, examines how literate practices create, circulate, and prioritize societal values and the public policies based on those values, and examines how rhetoric and writing empower and control access to power in these social systems. 

What You'll Study

Degree requirements will include 60 hours of graduate coursework past the bachelor's degree plus 30 hours of research and dissertation. Of those 60 hours of coursework, up to 30 may be transferred from an appropriate Master's degree. Because rhetoric and writing are inherently interdisciplinary subjects, this program invites students to complete some coursework in related fields such as Language and Literature, Communication, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Women's and Gender Studies, Science and Technology in Society, ASPECT, and Engineering Education, as well as courses in preparing the future professoriate offered by the Virginia Tech Graduate School.

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  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (4 Scale)
  • GRE Optional
  • TOEFL/ IELTS score Required  (If Applicable)

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The Department of English has a limited number of  graduate assistantships and fellowships  available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application.  No separate application  required.

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Texas Tech has offered its PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric via distance education since 2004. Designed with the same requirements and expectations as its brick-and-mortar modality, the program has grown larger and more selective each year—our current rejection rate for applications stands at 85% and the number of students stands at approximately 55. The doctoral program (in both its modalities) emphasize five general areas: Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology; Technical Communication; Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare; Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric; and Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design. In addition, the program has the most rigorous course requirements in research methods (4 courses) in the field of writing studies. The program made several institutional innovations in order to gain approval, and these innovations continue to benefit students, among them redefining “residency” to work better with both modalities and redefining “full-time” as 3 hours per semester. One of the most innovative aspects of the online program is its requirement that students attend a 2-week seminar in Lubbock—this “Nar” provides opportunities for dissertation defenses, professional development seminars, intensive graduate courses, lectures by outside scholars, doctoral annual reviews, and ample unscheduled time for students to meet with their committees

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PhD in Rhetoric and Writing

We have faculty members with a broad range of interests including language diversity, second language writing, writing program administration, K-12 composition, public rhetorics, community writing, multimodal composition, and technical communication. With a limited amount of core requirements, our students are able to select courses that best suit their research and teaching interests. In addition to gaining valuable face-to-face and online teaching experience at a diverse flagship Hispanic-serving institution in courses ranging from first-year writing to technical writing and professional communication, students have the opportunity to engage in program building efforts via a variety of administrative positions connected with first-year writing, online writing instruction, and technical writing and professional communication. Please contact Program Faculty if you have any questions.

About the Degree

The PhD concentration in Rhetoric and Composition requires 51 hours of coursework, comprehensive exams in three areas, a Foreign Language requirement, and a doctoral dissertation. Typically, PhD students have recently completed a Master’s degree in English with something in excess of 30 semester hours. The English department accepts up to 24 of those hours toward the PhD degree, leaving students 30 hours of regular course work to complete from the time of matriculation.  The PhD requires a minimum of four years of extended study to master a specific subject completely and to extend the body of knowledge about that subject. Applicants should already possess a Master’s degree in English or a related discipline. 

Note: Students who did graduate work in a discipline other than English likely will not transfer the full 24 hours to the PhD program. Such students will need to complete more than 30 hours of regular course work before moving on to the dissertation. The Associate Chair of Graduate Studies (ACGS) and the Committee on Studies (COS) determine the number of hours students are able to transfer to the PhD.

Required Coursework (51 hrs)

(for complete requirements, see the Graduate Handbook)

As explained above, PhD students must take 51 hours of course work before taking the Comprehensive Examinations and moving on to the dissertation. These hours must be distributed as follows:

Core Course (3 hrs)

  • Engl. 542: Major Texts in Rhetoric (3 hrs)

Distribution Requirements (15 hrs) 

Students must take 15 hours of coursework in Language, Theory, and Pedagogy, as described below.

Language and Theory (9 hrs) 

Students must take a total of nine hours from Language and Theory courses, at least three of which are from Language and three from Theory courses.

Language (at least 3 hrs from the following)

  • Engl. 541: English Grammar (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 545: History of the English Language (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 547: Old English (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 548: Beowulf and Other Topics (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 549: Middle English Language (3 hrs)

Theory (at least 3 hrs from the following)

  • Engl. 510: Criticism and Theory (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 511: Special Topics: Criticism and Theory; Literacy and Cultural Movements (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 540: Topics in Language or Rhetoric (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 543: Contemporary Texts in Rhetoric (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 610: Studies in Criticism and Theory (3 hrs)

Pedagogy (6 hrs) 

Students must take six hours of pedagogy courses from the following or from approved substitutions in other departments. (All new Teaching Assistants, including those who have previous teaching experience or similar course work elsewhere, are required to take Engl. 530, which is offered every Fall semester, in the first semester they begin teaching at UNM.)  In addition to the courses here, we also offer practica in online writing instruction and stretch/studio writing instruction.

  • Engl. 530: Teaching Composition (required of all new TAs) (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 533: Teaching Professional & Technical Writing (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 534: Composition Theory (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 592: Teaching Literature (3 hrs)

Seminars (9 hrs) 

All PhD students must take at least three seminars offered in the English Department. RW students typically take three versions of ENGL 640, which are offered at least once a year and which vary in topic. Recent topics have included New Media Literacies for the 21st Century, Teaching Diverse Student Populations, and The Sociopolitical Contexts of Writing Instruction.

  • Engl. 640: Studies in Language and Rhetoric (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 650: Studies in British Literature (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 660: Studies in American Literature (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 680: Studies in Genre, Backgrounds, Forces (3 hrs)

Electives (24 hrs) 

The required courses above total 30 hours; students who have transferred 24 hours from the MA into the PhD will have fulfilled the minimum course requirements, excluding dissertation hours, required for the degree. Students who need more course credits, should fulfill their remaining hours with approved graduate courses in English or related disciplines under the advisement of the COS and the ACGS.

All 54 regular course requirements must be completed before enrolling for dissertation hours, Engl. 699.

Dissertation (no fewer than 18 hrs)

  • Engl. 699: Dissertation (3-12 hrs, no limit).

Language Skill Requirement

With the approval of the ACGS and COS, PhD students may satisfy the language skill requirement in one of three ways.

By demonstrating competency in two language skills. “Competency” can be demonstrated with a grade of B or better through a second semester, second-year level undergraduate course or through a graduate-level reading course in a language other than English. Students may use English 547 (Introduction to Old English) and 548 (Advanced Old English) to fulfill competency.

By demonstrating fluency in one language skill. “Fluency” can be demonstrated in one of several ways with a grade of B or better: through the second-semester, third-year level undergraduate course in a language other than English; or through two graduate-level reading courses in a language other than English. Students may use English 547 (Introduction to Old English), 548 (Advanced Old English), and an Old English 650 or another 548 to fulfill fluency.

By combining competency in one language skill with a similar competency in a research skill such as a computer-programming language or Statistics. Competency in the research skill can be established by the completion of a second-semester, second-year course with a grade of B or better or two graduate courses.

Competency and Fluency can be demonstrated through coursework from previous institutions, coursework at UNM, or tests administered either by UNM or CLEP. The decision as to which research skills courses such as a computer-programming language and Statistics will satisfy the Department’s language requirements will be negotiated between the ACGS, COS, and appropriate faculty from other departments; other research tools may be approved in exceptional cases in which similar provisions must be made for rigorous academic study in the subject.

Note: Course credits for classes used to complete the language skill or research requirement cannot normally be counted toward the 51 credit hours of regular course work required for the degree..

Comprehensive Examinations

To ensure a thorough and broad knowledge of English as a discipline, the Department of English requires PhD students to take comprehensive examinations in three different fields. Under the advisement of the COS, PhD students should select their three fields of study early in the course of their doctoral program, so that they can take course work that enhances their understanding of their three fields. 

Dissertation Prospectus and Its Defense

After passing the Comprehensive Examinations, PhD students must organize a Dissertation Committee, write and submit a Dissertation Prospectus, and successfully defend the prospectus before the Dissertation Committee. The prospectus defense must be completed no later than six calendar months after passing the Comprehensive Examinations.

The PhD Dissertation

A dissertation is a formal, scholarly document, seldom less than 150 double-spaced pages and often much longer, which makes an original contribution to its field and shows a professional mastery of academic methods and materials. Few dissertations are written in less than a calendar year. PhD students who are also Teaching Assistants commonly find that the process takes two years. UNM requires that students must complete all degree requirements, including the dissertation and defense, within five years of advancing to candidacy (i.e. passing the Comprehensive Examinations). 

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Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

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  • • Rating 4.53 out of 5   19 reviews

Master's Student: I have yet to enroll for Fall 2023 after receiving my acceptance letter due to a delay in my need-based financial aid from JHU. However the Homewood Campus in Baltimore is beautiful and my Student Advisor, Alexis has been extremely helpful in initiating my enrollment process and answering all of my questions in a timely matter. My intended Advanced Academic Program is the accelerated (2 semester), dual-modality, 40-credit M.S. in Biotechnology, Biodefense concentration. All of the anticipated course subjects are diverse and there's even a customizable core lab course on campus (at least until Summer 2024). I can't wait and I wish you all the best in your search for academic programs or professional certifications. ... Read 19 reviews

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19 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

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College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences - Clemson University

Clemson, SC •

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  • • Rating 5 out of 5   2 reviews

Master's Student: I've just started, but so far, so good! The staff has been very supportive and helpful. The online software can be a bit tricky to get the hang of, but the material itself is good. ... Read 2 reviews

Clemson University ,

CLEMSON, SC ,

2 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology - College of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Rolla, MO •

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  • • Rating 5 out of 5   1 review

Master's Student: Hello, I am a second semester master's student in Missouri University of science and technology. Before joining the university I had a few research about it and how the university courses that helpful my career. Events that held in the university are more interesting and engaging. As after my academic I have allover best experience for academics I have enjoyed with my courses which are in my first and second semester. Those courses with professor taught and helps me to get a projects on IT sector which is more developing right now. Other best experience is the university events, awareness programs, resources for students ( we ourselves called as miners). In every semester we have a career fair which is bigger than any other Universities career fairs. As coming to worst parts, as my experience I didn't get any worst but a small thing I got exhausted is we don't have the KFC or MC Donald's but we have spicy chicken from Chicken fil a. ... Read 1 review

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ROLLA, MO ,

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School of Liberal Arts - Savannah College of Art and Design

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SAVANNAH, GA

New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Chatham University

PITTSBURGH, PA

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College of Arts and Sciences - Texas Tech University

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School of Communication & Digital Content - Liberty University

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College of Arts and Sciences - Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH •

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  • • Rating 3.5 out of 5   2 reviews

Doctoral Student: Very collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. Like most schools, grad students are often treated like undergrads by administration unless there is unpaid/low paid work to be done. The faculty are amazing, though. ... Read 2 reviews

Bowling Green State University ,

BOWLING GREEN, OH ,

2 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

Featured Review: Doctoral Student says Very collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. Like most schools, grad students are often treated like undergrads by administration unless there is unpaid/low paid work to be done. The faculty... .

Northern Arizona University College of Education

Flagstaff, AZ •

Northern Arizona University •

  • • Rating 4 out of 5   1 review

Master's Student: Currently enrolled in the clinical mental health counseling masters program finishing my first year. Just within the first year we have covered general program overview, ethics in counseling, developmental considerations, assessments, vocational counseling, and counseling theories. Very fast paced but manageable. ... Read 1 review

Northern Arizona University ,

FLAGSTAFF, AZ ,

1 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

Featured Review: Master's Student says Currently enrolled in the clinical mental health counseling masters program finishing my first year. Just within the first year we have covered general program overview, ethics in counseling,... .

University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences - University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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Middle Georgia State University

Macon, GA •

  • • Rating 4.58 out of 5   12 reviews

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Featured Review: Other says Studying occupational therapy can be very rewarding. On the plus side, it's a field dedicated to helping people live full and productive lives, which can be fulfilling. Plus, there's a great demand... On the flip side, it can also be challenging. The coursework is rigorous, and it can be emotionally tough working with clients facing serious challenges. Also, it may require a significant amount of... .

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College of Arts and Science - East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

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A PhD in creative writing opens doors to a variety of career paths that may not be available to talented writers without this degree. If you want to enhance your writing skills and discover new employment opportunities, getting a PhD online can be an excellent solution.

An online Ph.D. in creative writing is a great option for students who aren’t ready to give up personal and professional commitments to pursue a degree. By attending classes online and watching recorded lectures, you can finish your studies without leaving the comfort of your own home.

The key to getting an online PhD is choosing the best option for your needs. Let’s take a closer look at the selection process.

When considering an online Ph.D. you need to understand what this degree entails as well as the opportunities it offers. This terminal degree focuses on the advanced study of creative writing. It is designed for individuals with a passion for writing who aspire to become professionals in the writing industry.

A doctor in creative writing goes beyond the traditional creative writing workshops. It explores the theoretical and critical aspects of the craft. It combines creative writing with scholarly research. The studies allow students to develop their writing skills by engaging in in-depth analysis and reflection on the creative process.

One of the key components of this PhD is writing a creative dissertation. This work demonstrates the student’s mastery of the craft and often takes the form of a novel, a collection of short stories, poetry, or a screenplay. The creative dissertation involves a critical component that demonstrates the student’s understanding and analysis of their creative work. It’s done within the context of existing literary traditions and theories.

In addition to the creative dissertation, students pursuing a doctorate in creative writing engage in rigorous coursework that covers multiple topics. These may include:

  • Literary theory
  • Genre studies
  • Literary criticism
  • Research methods

The coursework provides a strong foundation in the theoretical and critical aspects of creative writing. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the field.

This PhD also offers opportunities for professional development and networking. Many courses provide teaching or editorial assistantships, allowing students to gain valuable experience in the classroom. These opportunities not only provide financial support but also enhance the student’s teaching and mentoring skills. Such an approach prepares them for careers in academia or writing-related fields.

A doctorate in creative writing opens doors for students who are interested in pursuing careers as writers, editors, or literary agents. The degree demonstrates a high level of expertise and dedication to the craft. This turns graduates into highly sought-after professionals in the publishing industry. It also provides opportunities for collaboration with established writers through conferences, workshops, and literary events.

Students who opt for an online doctorate enjoy the flexibility and convenience of the format. Online schedules provide access to quality education and resources, allowing students to engage in coursework and research from anywhere in the world. Online learning platforms facilitate interaction with faculty and foster a supportive and collaborative environment.

Career Opportunities with an Online PhD in Creative Writing

After completing an online PhD in Creative Writing, you can either pursue your current career or explore other opportunities. Positions that graduates of online PhD programs can consider include:

Many graduates go on to teach at the university level. They can become professors of creative writing to teach aspiring writers and share their expertise. These positions often involve mentoring students, leading workshops, and conducting research in the field.

Graduates may secure positions as writers-in-residence at universities, organizations, or cultural institutions. In this role, they have the opportunity to work on their own writing projects while also engaging with the community through public readings, workshops, and literary events.

With their deep understanding of the craft of writing, doctoral graduates can pursue careers in editing. You may choose to work as an editor for a publishing house, literary magazine, or online publication. Alternatively, you can start your own editing business and offer services to writers.

Graduates can also explore careers as literary agents. With your knowledge of the publishing industry and the ability to identify exceptional writing talent, you can help other authors navigate the publishing world and build successful writing careers.

Many doctoral graduates choose to pursue freelance writing careers. They may write for magazines, newspapers, websites, or other publications. By leveraging advanced writing skills and critical thinking abilities, you can produce high-quality content across various genres.

After finishing an online PhD program, some people go on to become poet laureates or poetry consultants. In these roles, they promote and celebrate poetry within the community, organize events, and engage in public speaking engagements.

Graduates with a doctor of philosophy in Creative Writing can pursue careers as literary critics or reviewers. They can write book reviews for newspapers, magazines, or online platforms. Their skills allow these professionals to conduct insightful analyses and provide valuable commentary on contemporary literature.

Some doctorate program graduates choose to work in nonprofit organizations related to the literary arts. They may become directors, coordinators, or administrators. Your responsibilities can include organizing writing workshops, author events, and literary festivals.

With their strong writing skills and ability to craft compelling narratives, creative writers with a Ph.D. can excel in content writing and strategy roles. They may work for marketing agencies, businesses, or organizations. In these roles, you may be responsible for creating engaging content for websites, social media, and other platforms.

Graduates can explore careers in screenwriting. They can write scripts for television shows, films, or web series. By leveraging your storytelling abilities and understanding of narrative structure, you can come up with high-quality entertainment content.

Is Getting an Online PhD in Creative Writing a Good Idea?

Obtaining an online doctor of philosophy in creative writing can be a highly rewarding process. It can offer numerous benefits for aspiring writers. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth considering:

A PhD allows you to deepen your understanding of the craft and take your writing skills to an advanced level. Through rigorous coursework, critical analysis, and the production of a creative dissertation, students gain a comprehensive knowledge of the field. They also learn how to develop a unique writing voice.

An online PhD in creative writing can open up many interesting career opportunities. It can qualify graduates for positions as:

  • Professors of creative writing
  • Writers-in-residence
  • Literary agents
  • And many more.

This degree demonstrates a high level of expertise and dedication and backs the writer’s talent. When interviewing for a dream job, writers with a PhD have the upper hand.

Pursuing a PhD in creative writing is not just about professional development. It is also a journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Engaging with advanced coursework and exploring new literary theories allows writers to push the boundaries of their creative abilities.

Overall, if you love your writing experience and want to continue your career as a writer, a creative writing doctorate is worth pursuing. It can help you achieve career goals, learn new writing tactics, and explore valuable collaborations.

Top Online PhD Programs in Creative Writing

When choosing the best courses, you need to pay attention to the school’s location (in case occasional visits to the campus are required), accreditation, and time of schedule completion.

This list contains the top online PhD programs in creative writing to help you make the most suitable choice for your needs.

Located in Birmingham, UK, the University of Birmingham offers a solid doctorate program in Creative Writing . The duration of the course is three years if you decide to study full-time. If you enroll in a part-time course, it will take six years to complete.

The creative writing program involves collaboration with published writers, the development of creative writing knowledge, honing critique skills, and discovering new forms of writing for yourself.

The admissions requirements include:

  • Master’s degree or relevant experience
  • Description of creative project
  • Description of the likely critical inquiry
  • Examples of creative work
  • Personal statement

The school is accredited by the Accredited Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Located in Nottingham, UK, the University of Nottingham has a strong online creative writing PhD program . The full-time schedule takes four years while part-time studies will require eight years. You will be studying independently while getting assistance from faculty through online supervision meetings. By the end of the course, you will complete a 100,000-word written thesis.

Admissions requirements include:

  • English proficiency tests if you aren’t a native English speaker
  • A PhD proposal
  • Summary of research experience

The school is accredited by the Accredited Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Located in Lancaster, UK, Lancaster University offers an online PhD program . The full-time program only takes two years to complete while the part-time program is four years long. During the program, you will work with renowned published writers to hone your writing and creative skills. Lancaster University graduates have published multiple pieces of work and have exciting careers in the writing industry.

Admission requirements include:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent (for students from the US, a bachelor’s degree will be sufficient)
  • Research proposal
  • Portfolio of original writing

Located in Manchester, UK, Manchester Metropolitan University has a distance PhD program in Creative Writing . The program allows you to hone your writing skills together with research training. You can study online but may need to attend some offline workshops and seminars.

  • Two letters or recommendations
  • A research proposal
  • Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Examples of your work

Requirements for international students may be different.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of pursuing an online PhD program in Creative Writing? An online PhD program offers flexibility by allowing students to study at their own pace regardless of their location. It also provides access to a diverse community of writer and industry professionals remotely. Are online PhD programs in Creative Writing as reputable as traditional on-campus programs? Yes, many online PhD programs in Creative Writing are offered by reputable universities and institutions. Accredited online programs often have the same rigorous curriculum and faculty as their on-campus counterparts. How does the online format impact the quality of education in a PhD program? Online PhD programs leverage various interactive technologies to deliver engaging learning experiences. Students have access to digital libraries, research databases, and other valuable information resources. Can I pursue an online doctorate in Creative Writing while working full-time? Yes, online programs offer flexibility that allows students to balance their studies with professional and personal commitments. You can usually access course materials and participate in discussions at your convenience. How long does the online PhD program in Creative Writing usually take to complete? The duration of online PhD programs in creative writing varies from school to school. For full-time format, it usually takes two to four years. If you choose to study part-time, the duration increases.

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Graduate Academic Certificate in Technical Writing

Two options available to obtain a graduate academic certificate in technical writing..

We offer two different paths towards a Graduate Academic Certificate in Technical Writing (12 hours).

College teachers whose graduate studies are in another content area (such as composition/rhetoric, literature, creative writing, and cultural studies) and who want more credentials in teaching technical writing should take these four courses:

  • TECM 5195: Editing Technical Documents
  • TECM 5200: Digital Content Strategies for Communication Professionals
  • TECM 5280: Designing Technical Documents
  • TECM 5550: Studies in the Teaching of Technical Communication

Students interested in learning more about technical communication and possibly pursuing a career in the tech comm field should choose four of the following courses, depending upon their career goals:

  • TECM 5170: Grants and Proposals
  • TECM 5191: Digital Literacies
  • TECM 5200: Digital Content Strategies

We realize that incoming students may have different goals for this program, and the director of graduate studies will work with you to structure a four-course series that makes sense for you.

Why should I get a technical writing certificate at UNT?

At UNT, we've structured our certificate program around student needs. Have a full-time job? Taking care of children or elderly family? Live eight time zones away? Whatever your situation, UNT's technical writing certificate can work for you.

Our program offers

  • Online asynchronous classes, which means you can decide when you will complete your work each week
  • 8-week sessions, which allow you to focus on one content area at a time
  • Award winning faculty who are renown scholars in the field of technical communication
  • A reasonable completion timeframe. Most students complete the certificate in fewer than 9 months, though some can complete it in as little as 4 months.

Who do I talk to?

Graduate advising is by appointment only. Please email [email protected] to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Lam , Director of Graduate Studies.

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  • Focused on writing skills for a variety of professions
  • Multilingual and multicultural faculty members
  • Advanced study of new media and communication technologies

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Increase Your Hireability With Just Four Courses

Technical and professional writing is a growing field that has many applications and earning a technical writing certification online can help increase your hireability. In addition to teaching strong writing skills, the program also focuses on digital communication and community engagement in intercultural contexts. Graduates of the program will learn to:

  • Be more effective communicators overall and learn how to write for a variety of audiences. including technicians, corporate executives and military personnel
  • Communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Apply rhetorical theories in practice and critically evaluate electronic research
  • Work with new media to share information in a variety of different ways

Graduates of our technical writing graduate program typically work in positions such as:

  • Corporate communicator
  • Grant writer
  • Online content developer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Science reporter
  • Script writer
  • Speech writer
  • Technical editor
  • Technical writer
  • Technology reporter
  • Military communications specialist

The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.

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" The courses offered in the Technical and Professional Writing certificate open your eyes to communication at different levels and aspects, regardless of your professional field ." - Gisela Simental, Graduate

Learn With Multicultural, Bilingual Faculty

The technical and professional writing faculty members who teach in our technical writing certificate program online are bilingual and multicultural. Some of them have backgrounds in service learning and community writing, others in technology and writing. Still others have backgrounds in professional writing and student success. One thing they all have in common is a passion for effective communication and the development of great writing skills.

Course Overview

The 12-credit technical and professional writing graduate certificate offered through UTEP Connect can be completed in as few as two semesters, helping to propel you forward toward your educational and career goals.

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RWS 5317: Professional Writing Seminar – Editing

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Earn a Certificate in Technical Writing Online 

As technology and innovations hubs grow across the country, so does the need for skilled technical writers. More so, the ability to provide clear explanations about complex subjects is one of the most in-demand skill sets a communications professional can have today. This 100% online course will help you master technical writing and build a robust portfolio that showcases this highly marketable skill.

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This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

Job Outlook for Technical Writers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that jobs for technical writers will grow 11% through 2026, which equates to 5,700 additional jobs.

While entry-level technical writers start out around $45,000 per year, the BLS reports that the median annual salary in this profession was $71,850.

Similarly, Payscale estimates $70,616 with the highest paying jobs located in San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. The top earners in this profession take home up to $115,000 and upwards annually.

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WHAT DO TECHNICAL WRITERS DO?

Technical writers help keep our technology-driven economy in motion. They provide clear explanations and precise detail about often-complicated subjects to help consumers understand and use products and services around us. More specifically, technical writers may prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, articles, or white papers and other documentation that explains technical information.

WHAT CONSTITUTES AS TECHNICAL WRITING?

According to the Society for Technical Communication, technical communication is any form of messaging that:

  • Provides information about complex or specialized topics
  • Facilitates or assists communication that uses technology such as web pages, graphics, or computer files
  • Provides instruction about anything, whether the topic is technical or not

DO TECHNICAL WRITERS NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE?

Some technical writer positions require a degree, but many writers thrive when they specialize in a particular niche and maintain a writing portfolio. Beyond this, a professional certificate in technical writing proves a writer’s craft and expertise.

WHAT SKILLS DOES A TECHNICAL WRITER NEED?

To succeed as a technical writer, you will need advanced grammar skills, research methods and practices, a clear and informative writing style and the ability to create various technical documents including reports, memos, white papers, instruction manuals, analyses, executive summaries, and scripts for audio or video.

Course Objectives

Develop any type of communication used to explain complex technical processes. This includes executive summaries, reports, briefs, press releases, and emails. As long as a piece is designed to help others understand technical information, a technical writer is needed. Our technical writing course will teach you how to:

  • Develop effective research methods
  • Consider the needs and abilities of the audience
  • Know how to incorporate clarity and utility
  • Create memos, analyses, and reports

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.

  • Defining technical writing, the technical communication triangle and the seven principles of effective writing
  • Introduction to ethics and codes of conduct for technical writers
  • Principles of communication, establishing common ground and the Communication Triangle
  • Writing emails, memorandums, and letters; instructional writing and memos; various reporting methods
  • Techniques in grammar, structure and syntax; mechanical conventions of strong writing
  • The stages of writing: prewriting, outline, rough draft, editing and revision
  • Applying the Communication Triangle to the prewriting process; analyzing the rhetorical situation
  • The research process; using primary and secondary data; documentation and plagiarism
  • Common organization and writing patterns; factors of the thesis and claims
  • Writing the introduction, body and conclusion; voice and tone
  • The revision process and developing a revision statement; editing and self-check
  • Course Conclusion and summary of lessons
  • Final essay writing assignment

Instructors

Lynn Atkinson

Lynn Atkinson earned a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 1993 and an M.A. in English with an emphasis in rhetoric in 1996. A published writer and editor, including contributions to college textbooks, she considers her greatest accomplishment educating thousands of students at UTA, DeVry, Tarrant County College, Southeast Career Institute, and Everest College. She has also been nominated for and awarded “Outstanding Teacher” at several of these institutions. Lynn has developed or co-developed several writing curriculums, won writing contests, and conducted over 10,000 hours of tutoring.

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