Please note: The Rhetoric and Composition program is not taking applications from prospective MA students for 2022-23.

The graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue is located in the Department of English. Our graduates work in a variety of different professional positions as: faculty members, writing program and writing center administrators; graduate program directors; department heads and other higher administrative positions; editors; usability experience designers; and professional and technical writers/managers.

We support our students throughout their time in our program through: extensive mentoring; teaching, tutoring, and administration experience; opportunities for research support and cooperative study; resources for preliminary exams; dissertation mentoring; and a dedicated, faculty-led course for support during the job market year. 

Prospective students should look through the pages on the menu to the left to learn more about our program. For more information, you can contact Jill Quirk, the graduate secretary ( For specific questions about the program or to get in contact with current graduate students, contact Christopher Barber, the RC assistant director ( and Dr. Thomas Rickert, RC director ( 

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