Prospective Graduate Students

The PhD program prepares students for research and teaching in academic, corporate, and governmental settings.

The MS program, in addition to preparing students for further graduate work, provides education for a variety of positions in both higher education and industry such as communication specialists (technical communication, risk communication, digital communication), consultants, trainers, and instructors (including literacy, writing, and multimedia).

The Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program allows students to combine work on an M.S. degree with service in the Peace Corps.

We are proud to have an excellent placement rate among our graduate students, which is a testament to the quality of our program and the excellent work of our students. In addition to a broad range of interdisciplinary areas of scholarship, and a faculty committed to the success of student scholars, there are a number of unique characteristics that we believe set the RTC program at Michigan Tech above other similar programs.

  • RTC is housed in an interdisciplinary Humanities Department. The program addresses diverse research areas that cohere around a critical, humanistic approach to cultural and discursive practices, histories, and theories. The program includes such areas as communication, composition, culture, film, linguistics, literature, modern languages, new media, philosophy, rhetoric, technical communication, and technology.
  • Faculty members are professionally active, publishing scholars with cutting-edge expertise in their respective fields. Within the past five years, faculty have published 8 books and won national awards from the National Communication Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Modern Language Association, the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, the New Letters Magazine National Readers Award, and the International Writing Centers Association.
  • Faculty works closely with graduate students. Coursework clusters in five areas: Writing, Literacy, and Technical Communication; Philosophy and Rhetoric; Communication and Culture; Language, Literatures, and Globalization; Technology, Media, and Visual Studies. This provides students with both a breadth of knowledge across disciplinary fields and the opportunity to explore particular areas of scholarship in depth.
  • We have consistently placed over 90% of our graduate students at both the Ph.D. and the Masters levels. Among our recent placements are tenure-track positions at Central Michigan University, Indiana State University, Oakland University, and the University of Liberia.
  • Graduate Teaching Instructorships (GTI) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are available for qualified Master’s and Ph.D. applicants. These provide a unique learning experience for students while paying for tuition and providing a stipend to pay for living expenses.
  • We facilitate graduate student professional activities including scholarships for presenting at national conferences. We recently hosted three scholarly conferences on campus: CPTSC, OSCLG, and WAP. The department houses an international scholarly journal, Women and Language, as well as nationally acclaimed literary magazine, Pank.

If you would be interested in joining our graduate program we encourage you to apply online at: The deadline for applications to enroll in the fall is January 15th.

Graduate Life

The University also has an active and rich graduate student community with graduate student representatives from every department serving on the Graduate Student Government (GSG). The GSG works hard to enrich the personal and professional lives of students on campus. See the GSG website for more information on issues such as health care, child care, housing, and any social and professional opportunities meant to facilitate graduate study at Michigan Tech.