Information Design, Professional Communication, Technical Communication, technical writing
Program Description ▼
Degree Awarded: MS Technical Communication
The MS in technical communication degree will teach students how to design, produce, and manage print and digital texts using traditional and developing technologies. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the professional, cultural and ethical issues that shape the field; it balances theory and practice to ensure students develop the analytical abilities, technology expertise and hands-on skills necessary for success as a technical communicator. Students who complete the program will be accomplished writers, editors, designers and researchers who are able to respond effectively to a range of audiences, issues and communication situations. The program will prepare students for technical communication positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors and will offer professionals the opportunity to further advance their careers.
Degree Requirements ▼
36 credit hours including a thesis, or
Core Courses: (6 credit hours) Culminating Experience: (6 credit hours) Total required credit hours: 36 *Students who do not have previous technical communication course work or relevant industry experience must take this course as a restricted elective.
Core Courses: (6 credit hours)TWC 504 Applied Rhetoric and Technical Communication (3)
Culminating Experience: (6 credit hours)
Total required credit hours: 36
*Students who do not have previous technical communication course work or relevant industry experience must take this course as a restricted elective.
Admission Requirements ▼
Degree: A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. Applicants in any program of study will be accepted as potential candidates for the program.
Students must apply to the Graduate Education office utilizing the online admission application; applicants must meet all admission requirements of the Graduate Education office.
All applicants must submit a written letter of application that includes a detailed statement of purpose as well as a portfolio of at least three documents that demonstrate the applicant's ability to write in a variety of genres. Portfolio documents can include both academic or professional writing for a range of audiences and purposes and need not be in the area of technical communication. The portfolio should be 15-30 pages in length. The writing samples in the portfolio will be evaluated using a rubric that considers several criteria, including demonstration of ability to focus on a specific purpose and to meet audience needs, organization, clarity, mechanical soundness and overall effectiveness.
All applicants must submit three letters of reference, either academic or professional, that speak to the background and capabilities of the applicant.
GPA: A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program is required. A minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in the applicable master's degree is required.
English Proficiency Requirement for International Applicants: Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
Since this degree requires a high degree of proficiency in English, we will expect non-English-speaking applicants to have the following Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores:
Traditional paper-based: 600
Foreign Language Exam: No
Required Admission Examinations: None required
Letters of Recommendation: All applicants must submit three letters of reference, either academic or professional, that speak to the background and capabilities of the applicant.
Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and those of the College of Letters and Sciences.
ASU offers this program in a fully online format with no face-to-face sessions required. The program is offered in six enrollment sessions throughout the year, and students learn in accelerated, 7.5-week classes. View the program description and request more information here.