Technical Communication
School of Letters & Sciences

Information Design, Professional Communication, Technical Communication, technical writing

Program Description
Degree Awarded: MS  Technical Communication

The master's degree in technical communication 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

Program requires the following:
36 credit hours and a thesis, or
36 credit hours including the required applied project course (TWC 593).

Core Courses: 21 hours
TWC 501 Principles of Technical Communication (3)
TWC 511 Principles of Visual Communication (3)
TWC 521 Principles of Writing with Technology (3)
TWC 531 Principles of Technical Editing (3)
TWC 552 Information in the Digital Age (3)
TWC 504 Applied Rhetoric (3)
TWC 505 Research in Technical Communication (3)

Restricted Electives: 9 hours (choose 3 below)
TWC 543 Proposal Writing (3)
TWC 544 Manual and Instructional Writing (3)
TWC 545 Computer Documentation (3)
TWC 546 Technical and Scientific Reports (3)
TWC 551 Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Electronic Age (3)
TWC 553 Information and Communications Technology in American History (3)
TWC 598 Topic: Visual Information (3)
TWC 598 Topic: Information Architecture (3)

Culminating Experience: 6 hours
TWC 599 Thesis (6) OR
TWC 593 Applied Project (6)

Total required credit hours: 36

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 where they may now reside) 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 TOEFL scores:

Traditional paper-based: 600
Internet-based: 100
Computer-based: 250

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.

Students must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and those of the School of Letters and Sciences.

Contact Information

School of Letters and Sciences | SANCA 233Y | 480-727-5981