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College of Arts & Sciences
Speech Communication & Rhetoric

Graduate Study Admissions

The graduate program in Speech Communication and Rhetoric is now accepting applications for the coming academic year. Successful applicants will have a distinguished undergraduate record and may come from a variety of fields, including Rhetoric, Speech Communication, Communication Studies, English, Cultural-Critical Studies, Performance Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with no fewer than twenty-four (24) semester hours of upper division coursework in a major field. All applicants are required to submit GRE test scores, along with a statement of purpose, writing sample, transcripts, and letters of recomendation.

For additional information about graduate study in Speech Communication & Rhetoric, contact Professor Pat Gehrke.
Application Procedure:
For those wishing to be considered for fellowships or assitantships, complete applications must be received by December 15. All other applications must be received by April 30.
Applications for admission are composed of two parts. No application will be considered until both parts are received in complete form.
Part 1: The Graduate School
Applicants should submit the following directly to the Graduate School:

  • Online application
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • GRE General Test scores

Click here for the online application site.
Part 2: Speech Communication and Rhetoric Program
Applicants should submit the following material directly to the program in Speech Communication and Rhetoric:
2-3 page statement of purpose that identifies applicant's specific interest in Speech Communicaton and Rhetoric
Academic writing sample (10-20 pages)

Applicants should send these documents, accompanied by either a cover sheet with the applicant's name and Social Security Number or a copy of the printed recipt generated on payment of the application fee, directly to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Program in Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Department of English
Humanities Office Building
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

 Fellowships and Assistantships:
A limited number of fellowships are available from the Graduate School and College of Liberal Arts. Applicants to this MA program are eligible for these fellowships if nominated by the Speech Communication and Rhetoric program and the Department of English. The selection process for nominees begins January 30 with awards announced mid-March.
Bases on information provided in applications completed by January 15, prospective students will automatically be considered for an appropriate assistantship.