Apply to RCTE

Admission Deadline for Fall 2025: December 31, 2024

How to Apply

To apply, you must complete the University of Arizona Graduate College online application. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a GradApp account
  2. Complete your GradApp profile under "My Account".
  3. Select "Apply to a Program" from the sidebar.
  4. Choose "Degree Seeking" under application type and either "RCTE (MA)" or "RCTE (PhD)" under program of study.
  5. Choose the semester during which you wish to enter the program.
  6. Your application should now be initiated under "My Active Applications."

Note: RCTE and English are two separate and different programs. Please make sure you are applying to the correct program of your choice.

Application Checklist

Statement of Purpose

Include a statement of purpose describing why you are interested in getting an advanced degree in RCTE at the University of Arizona.

Letters of Recommendation

You'll need three letters of recommendation. These letters and forms should be sent using the UA Graduate College online system (GradApp). Please enter your referees' contact information so that they can be contacted directly by the University of Arizona. The system accepts letters through Interfolio as well. 


Transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended or are currently attending. Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded with your application. You must submit official transcripts, later on, before you can be officially admitted by the Graduate College.

Curriculum Vita

Include a curriculum vita or equivalent outlining your education, scholarship, employment, and academic achievements.

Writing Sample

Preferably a paper in Rhetoric and Composition.

GRE Scores

The GRE exam is not required for admission. 

Teaching Interests

Write up to 150 words that describe your interest in teaching college-level academic writing as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the Writing Program, including any experience you have that might be relevant. Please know that teaching experience is not required, but it is helpful for us to know what experience you have so that we can be certain our GTA preparation is appropriately designed for the incoming graduate class.