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Literature M.A. with Concentration in Composition and Rhetoric

Learn to Write Effectively in a Variety of Professional Settings

With a Master of Arts in Literature with a Concentration in Composition and Rhetoric from University of Houston-Clear Lake, you can develop your professional skills through a wide variety of seminars in Creative, Business, Multimedia, or Professional Writing. You can also focus on your own ability to teach Composition to others.

Great Communication Skills Set You Apart

The concentration in Composition and Rhetoric helps students pursuing the M.A. in Literature to refine their professional skills in writing and editing, and equips them with theoretical tools to teach and conduct research in writing and multimodal discourse. Reading widely across history and a range of theoretical approaches enables students to become conversant in major questions posed by rhetoric, composition, poetics, and the crafts of fiction and nonfiction prose. Students can choose courses for an array of prospective careers: a focus on pedagogy equips students to teach writing at the community college and university level; creative writing prepares students for careers in trade publishing; and rhetoric trains students in the advanced communication skills demanded for success in business.

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Admission Requirements

University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Human Science and Humanities wants to help you reach your educational goals. Discover the admissions requirements that will let you become the next UHCL Hawk.

  • Literature M.A.
  • Application

    Apply online through GoApplyTexas.org for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.

    Documents for admission are submitted after completion of the Apply Texas application. All required documents are due by the Graduate and International Admissions application deadlines.

  • Requirements
    • GRE Scores Not Required: The GRE requirement will automatically be removed after successful submission of the admission application.
    • Official Transcripts: Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.
      • Recommended last 60-hour GPA of 3.0 or higher.
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.
  • Admission Review Process 

    If the last 60-hour GPA is below a 3.00 or an applicant has not completed a prior advanced degree, student admission files will be sent to the program for individual review.


Degree Requirements

Interested in discovering the sort of classes you’ll need to take in order to earn your degree from the College of Human Science and Humanities at University of Houston-Clear Lake? Find out now.

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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. Check the status of your application online through E-Services using your UHCL student ID.

The UHCL application is available online through Apply Texas. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Final Deadline - April 1
    Document Deadline - April 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - February 15

  • Spring

    Final Deadline - October 1
    Document Deadline - October 15

    Early Deadline - August 1 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - August 15

  • Summer*

    Final Deadline - March 1
    Document Deadline - March 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - February 15

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL


Literature M.A. with Concentration in Composition and Rhetoric Faculty

Christina Cedillo
Christina V. Cedillo

Christina Cedillo

Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3483
Email: cedilloc@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.12

Christina Cedillo Faculty Bio

David Day
David Day

David Day

Senior Lecturer in Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3355
Email: day@uhcl.edu
Office: Student Services Bldg 2109

David Day Faculty Bio

Chloe Diepenbrock
Chloé Diepenbrock

Chloé Diepenbrock

Department Chair of Communication and Studio Arts and Associate Professor of Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3356
Email: Diepenbrock@uhcl.edu
Office: Student Services Building 2109.04

Chloé Diepenbrock Faculty Bio

Lori Jacobs
Lorie Jacobs

Lorie Jacobs

Assistant Professor of Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3460
Email: jacobsl@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 2109.14

Lorie Jacobs Faculty Bio

Jennifer Maritza McCauley
Jennifer McCauley

Jennifer Maritza McCauley

Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3372
Email: McCauley@uhcl.edu
Office: B2617.07

Jennifer Maritza McCauley Faculty Bio

Christal Seahorn
Christal Seahorn

Christal R. Seahorn

Associate Professor of Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3444
Email: seahorn@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.27

Christal R. Seahorn Faculty Bio

Hunter Stevenson
Hunter Stephenson

Hunter W. Stephenson

Associate Professor of Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3403
Email: stephenson@uhcl.edu
Office: SSB 2109.11

Hunter W. Stephenson Faculty Bio