We offer four Master of Arts degrees and two Ph.D. degrees, each rigorous and interdisciplinary.
- M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies
- M.A. in Professional Writing
- M.A. in Rhetoric
- M.A. in Global Communication and Applied Translation
- M.A. applications for Literary and Cultural Studies, Professional Writing, and Rhetoric will open on September 1, 2019. Our first application deadline is January 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST); the second M.A. application deadline is April 30, 2020. Applications submitted after the April 30th date will be reviewed and candidates may be accepted on a rolling basis (as long as space remains).
- M.A. applications for Global Communication & Applied Translation will open on September 1, 2019. Our application deadline is December 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST); Applications submitted after the December 1st date will be reviewed and candidates may be accepted on a rolling basis (as long as space remains).
- Ph.D. applications will open on September 1, 2019. Applications for the Ph.D. will be accepted through December 15, 2019. Learn about our new Ph.D. funding package here.
- See Our Full Application Requirements.
M.A. in Global Communication & Applied Translation
The Master of Arts in Global Communication and Applied Translation is a one and one-half year program that provides students with training in the principles and practices of professional translation, localization, and global communication.
M.A. in Literary & Cultural Studies
The Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies is a one-year Master’s program intended to help prepare students for an academic career, or careers in secondary teaching, publishing, non-profit organizations and others.
M.A. in Professional Writing
The Master of Arts in Professional Writing is a program designed for students who wish to directly enter the professional world as writers. Graduates of the MAPW program will be prepared to work as communication specialists in government, business, and industry. The program requires three semesters of coursework plus a professional internship.
M.A. in Rhetoric
The Master of Arts in Rhetoric is a one-year masters' program which features an interdisciplinary approach to discourse and the arts of inquiry, interpretation, and communication. Students take classes alongside Ph.D. students in the same field and will find themselves well placed to apply to Ph.D. programs.
Ph.D. in Literary & Cultural Studies
The Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies was among the first of its kind in the U.S. As the name suggests, the program in Literary and Cultural Studies is founded on interpretive approaches that regularly link individual texts to the conditions of their production and reception. The program combines extensive theoretical training, spanning many approaches, with an unrivalled flexibility of inquiry across the numerous subject areas of faculty expertise.
Ph.D. in Rhetoric
The Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon is one of the oldest Ph.D. programs in rhetoric in the U.S. and continues to be one of the strongest. The program focuses on how people produce and understand discourse across a variety of social, cultural, and material contexts, in schools, workplaces, and communities. Students learn about the history and theory of rhetoric as well as about a variety of methods, both qualititative and quantitative, for pursuing their research.
Both degrees require 72 hours of coursework, a qualifying exam, and a prospectus and dissertation for completion. Please see the individual program pages for program-specific requirements. Both degree programs also offer four years of tuition support and a yearly stipend in return for teaching undergraduate courses.