The Master of Arts in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program is built with students’ long-term success and employability in mind. Graduates with an M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from NSU will be prepared to pursue doctoral studies as well as a variety of careers in publishing and/or education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for editors and writers will keep pace with other professions over the next several years, while demand for certain specialties, such as technical writing, will increase 10% faster than the average for all occupations from 2014-2024. Further, the mandatory composition course requirement of most colleges and universities nationwide ensures the continued demand for qualified faculty in composition and rhetoric. As part of the program, students have the opportunity to contribute to Digressions, the student-run literary magazine.
M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media graduates:
The Master of Arts in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program is offered weeknights on NSU's main campus.
The successful M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media graduate is expected to:
The Master of Arts in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media will educate students about the history and theory of composition, rhetoric, and digital media, providing students with a foundation for conducting and presenting research, applying rhetorical theories, teaching writing, and producing digital media. Through specialised coursework and experiential learning, students will develop expertise researching and teaching composition while practising writing in a variety of professional genres. Students will prepare for careers in writing, publishing, and teaching and will be prepared to pursue a variety of Ph.D. programs, including those in Composition and Rhetoric.
Core courses (12 credits)
Elective Courses (12 credits)
Thesis (6 credits)
The thesis may take one of the following forms:
Research Thesis: Student designs, conducts, and reports findings from qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research projects.
Theoretical Thesis: Student examines a well-focused question or problem through an informed context that is critical, theoretical, and/or historical.
Digital Media Thesis: Student designs a piece of digital media, such as a website or app.
Technical Thesis: Student produces a substantial manual, guidebook, scholarly or professional Web site, white paper, report, or grant proposal.