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MARC Checklist

Eligibility Req​​uirements

Applicants to the MARC program should meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study.
  • Minimum score of 550 on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with section scores of 50 or higher if graduate of a university in which English is not the native language.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria may be admitted conditionally if their application warrants special consideration.

​​Application Checklist
  • Completed Apply Texas application form,
  • Submit a 500-word statement of purpose that addresses the following questions in detail. Support your views with reasons and examples drawn from such areas as your reading, experience, observations, or academic studies. Be sure to develop your ideas fully and organize them coherently:
    • Why do you want to study rhetoric and composition?
    • What topics or issues in our field might you want to study further and why?
    • What qualifies you to embark upon this field of study?
    • What experience do you have in this field?
    • How do you plan to use your degree?
  • A 10-15 page sample of your academic writing.
  • Two letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation form (PDF) from individuals well-acquainted with your work and who are able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors.
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if you are a graduate of a university where English is not the primary language of instruction (preferred TOEFL scores are: an internet-based score of 86, a computer-based score of 250, or paper-based score of 550).
  • TOEFL results as outlined above, submitted by the admissions deadline. If the Corona virus pandemic is preventing a prospective student from completing a TOEFL exam, s/he should contact Dr. Ellwanger, director of the MARC program, for an alternative language proficiency examination.

Degree Director

Dr. Adam Ellwanger

Last updated 4/29/2021 8:35 AM