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Suite 2.210

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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Phone: (210) 458-4331

Fax: (210) 458-4332

Admissions Email: Graduate.Admissions@utsa.edu
Recruitment Email: GradRecruit@utsa.edu

Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition

Basic Certificate Description

The Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition is a twelve (12) credit hour concentration available to degree-seeking students who have been admitted to any UTSA graduate program, as well as special graduate students who meet all the requirements outlined in the UTSA Graduate Catalog.

The Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition offers coursework in advanced, interdisciplinary study of language and language instruction, encompassing theoretical, applied, and pedagogical aspects of discourse. This certificate is designed for graduate students interested in working at the masters or doctoral level in rhetoric and composition and will be particularly valuable for doctoral students focusing on one of the two areas of emphasis in our Ph.D. program, Rhetoric and Composition.

Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition?

  • This certificate offers specialization in rhetoric and composition since no such certificate is offered at any San Antonio area universities.
  • The certificate will also enhance students’ employment credentials as college and university writing instructors or as professional writers in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings.
  • This certificate offers further professional development at the graduate level for teachers already teaching English Language Arts at the high school level.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

General Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition under the Department of English is a twelve (12) credit hour concentration available to degree-seeking students who have been admitted to any UTSA graduate program, as well as special graduate students who meet all the requirements outlined in the UTSA Graduate Catalog.

Other Degree Requirements: A 10-12 page writing sample of language study (i.e. rhetoric and composition, linguistics, literary criticism, and other language-related analyses). 

Graduate Studies Application: Yes- unless already a currently enrolled degree seeking graduate student.  Students already admitted to the English graduate program need only fill out a department application form and submit the 20-page writing sample (detailed above) to be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Resume or CV: Not required

Statement of Purpose: Recommended

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Career Options

  • The certificate will also enhance students’ employment credentials as college and university writing instructors or as professional writers in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings.
  • This certificate offers further professional development at the graduate level for teachers already teaching English Language Arts at the high school level.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Sue Hum, Ph.D.
Email:Sue.Hum@utsa.edu 
Telephone: (210) 458-7883

Degree Website:http://colfa.utsa.edu/english/certificate_rc.html

Degree Catalog: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter3/CertificateProg.html

Course Scheduling and Offerings

Most graduate courses are offered in the evening in the 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. time frame. Courses are offered nearly every evening of the week. Occasionally, courses will also be offered during the daytime.