Graduate Program in Composition and Rhetoric

Are you interested in writing and the teaching of writing? Digital composing and remix? Intercultural rhetorics? The rhetoric of queer identity? Professional writing? Writing and civic action? Writing center work? Do you want to explore rhetoric across several of these areas—or develop your own area? Then take a good long look at the Composition and Rhetoric graduate program at Miami University.

We offer both MA and PhD degrees in composition and rhetoric, both of which allow you to pursue a variety of interests in the field. Our nationally-prominent, award-winning faculty are deeply committed to helping you pursue your interests, expand your knowledge and expertise, and assist you in launching your professional career. At Miami you will be joining a strong, vibrant, interactive community of scholars and teachers who collaborate on research, on teaching, on administration, and on service to the university and community.

Our graduate curriculum will provide you with a solid foundation in the field of composition and rhetoric—in theory, history, methodology, and pedagogy—along with opportunities to specialize in particular areas. Our particular strengths and specialty areas include

  • rhetoric and composition pedagogy
  • digital and multimedia rhetoric and composing
  • community and public rhetorics, civic engagement
  • intercultural and comparative rhetorics, second language writing
  • professional writing
  • feminist and queer studies
  • writing program administration, writing centers, and writing-across-the-curriculum

Founded in 1981 our graduate program has helped hundreds of graduate students achieve their goals by promoting their scholarly inquiry and research skills, their pedagogical talents, and their overall professional development. Our placement rate for doctoral graduates seeking full-time faculty positions at universities is 100% (for the past ten years)—see our page on Alumni for details about doctoral student job placement. Other advantages of graduate study at Miami include:

  • Extensive faculty mentoring, support, and advising from the first semester through job placement.
  • Diverse teaching opportunities in state-of-the-art computer classrooms including teaching appointments in the Professional Writing major, the Rhetoric and Writing minor, and first-year composition. MA and PhD graduate students receive teaching assistantships that provide tuition remission and a stipend to support their graduate work, including summer support. MA students on teaching assistantships begin teaching composition in their first semester (with extensive support).
  • Extensive administrative and leadership opportunities in the Composition Program, the Digital Writing Collaborative, the Howe Writing Center, and the Howe Writing Initiative in the Farmer School of Business.
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research through affiliations with such campus programs as Literature, Creative Writing, Linguistics, and TESOL (within the Department of English); Asian/Asian-American StudiesBlack World StudiesDisability Studies, Interactive Media Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

If you would like additional information about the program, feel free to contact any of our graduate program faculty; or Michele Simmons (; or Madelyn Detloff (, the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English. We would be glad to meet and talk with you.