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Master of Science in Technical Communication

Admission Requirements for the MSTC

Applicants to the Master of Science in Technical Communication program must demonstrate the abilities, interests, and qualities necessary to successfully complete the program. Applicants seeking admission will provide the following application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Eligibility Requirements

Application Checklist

Applicants must submit all of the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Department by the assigned deadlines to ensure an admission decision. Files completed after the deadline may be reviewed, but decisions cannot be guaranteed in time for admission in the following semester. The deadline for fall term applications is July 15 and the deadline for spring term applications is November 15.

  • Completed Apply Texas application form
  • 1000-word essay that addresses the following questions in detail. Support your views with reasons and examples drawn from your reading, experience, observations, or academic studies.
    • Why do you want to study professional writing and technical communication?
    • What topics or issues in the field might you want to study further and why?
    • What qualifies you to embark upon this field of study? What experience do you have in this field?
    • How do you plan to use your degree
  • Résumé detailing your work experience and education and demonstrating your document design and organizational skills. Focus the resume on graduate studies and do not use templates.
  • Two letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation forms link to PDF from individuals well-acquainted with your work and who are able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors.
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions.
  • For students with a GPA lower than 3.0, Standard GRE scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing sections
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if you are a graduate of a university where English is not the primary language of instruction (preferred TOEFL scores are: an internet-based score of 86, a computer-based score of 250, or paper-based score of 600).
  • Admission Process

    The Graduate Advisory Committee of four program faculty members will evaluate applications using a matrix based on the materials that are required for admission. The Graduate Director will notify students, in writing, of the committee's decision.

    MSTC Degree Director
    Natalia Matveeva, Ph.D.
    (713) 222-5371

    Graduate Admissions



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