Master of Science in Technical Communication
Admission Requirements for the MSTC
Admission is competitive and selective. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the abilities, interests, and qualities necessary to successfully complete the program and the potential to contribute new insights to the field of technical communication or quality professional writing to their chosen career arenas. Applicants seeking admission will provide the following application materials for to Graduate Admissions Office. Completed applications will be reviewed by the MSTC Graduate Advisory Committee:
- Completed Apply Texas application form, available through our Graduate Admissions website.
- 1000-word essay that addresses the following questions in detail. Support your views with reasons and examples drawn from such areas as your reading, experience, observations, or academic studies. Be sure to develop your ideas fully and organize them coherently: Why do you want to study professional writing and technical communication? What topics or issues in our field might you want to study further and why? What qualifies you to embark upon this field of study? What experience you have in this field? How do you plan to use your degree? [This essay requirement is referred to in the application form; you may submit it as a separate document.]
- Resume detailing your work experience and education and demonstrating your document design and organizational skills. Please, do not use Microsoft templates or "Objectives" statements that target jobs rather than graduate studies.
- Two letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation forms from individuals well-acquainted with your work and who are able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors.
- Official transcripts that 1) reflect at least the last sixty semester credit hours of course work and evidence of degree awarded and 2) show the GPA (as admission to the degree program is competitive, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be preferred).
- GRE Scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing sections, if your cumulative GPA is lower than a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. You need only take the standard GRE (which includes quantitative, verbal, and analytic writing sections), no subject tests. While we look at all the scores, we rely on only the writing score. We understand this is a timed writing test, but it gives committee another perspective on students' writing ability.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language scores, if you are a graduate of a university in which English is not the native language (the MSTC Graduate Advisory Committee will consider all TOEFL scores on a case-by-case basis, but preferred TOEFL scores are: an internet-based score of 86, a computer-based score of 250, or paper-based score of 600).
The Graduate Advisory Committee will not begin reviewing a candidate's application until the file contains all of the items listed above. All documents must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Department by the assigned deadlines to ensure decisions for admission the following semester; 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.
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