How to apply: MA English, Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing

Listed below is an application checklist listing all of the requirements and/or forms that need to be completed.

There are three sections to the application process; only the graduate school section and the MA in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing (RTW) Section are required. The third section, the graduate assistantship application, details information for those who wish to pursue a graduate assistantship.

Section one: Graduate school application (required)

Apply online and submit the required documents.

Your completed MA in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing application will be reviewed by the members of the RTW group.

Section two: MA in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing Application (required)

This will include your:

  • statement of purpose
  • sample academic paper or workplace paper
  • three letters of recommendation (academic or professional)

Detailed information on required documents 

Section three: graduate teaching assistantship application

The application will include:

Send materials to:
Northern Arizona University
Department of English (Graduate Application)
Composition Office
PO Box 6032
Flagstaff AZ
86011-6032

Deadline information

Applications are reviewed year round for program admission; however, there are application deadlines for each semester:

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: February 15

The review process takes between 4-6 weeks during the school year.

Acceptance into the program does not guarantee a seat in a specific course. In most cases, courses are filled two weeks after open enrollment starts. This means that courses for the fall semester are usually filled by the previous spring semester (March).