What are the admission deadlines?
The admissions deadline for the fall term is
August 1 and
December 1 for the spring term. The Graduate Admissions Department may review files submitted after the deadline; however, you are not guaranteed a decision in time for the following semester.
What files must I submit when applying?
You must submit all of the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Department by the deadlines:
Apply Texas application form
- 1000-word essay that answers:
- 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
- Two letters of recommendation with accompanying
recommendation form (PDF)
- Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions.
- Admissions requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. For those who do not meet this minimum threshold, the admissions committee will review the candidate’s record holistically, taking into account the student’s standard GRE scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Prospective students who don’t have GRE scores or the 3.0 minimum GPA are invited to provide other evidence that might indicate their potential for success in the program, such as publications or professional work.
- 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 a paper-based score of 600). If the Corona virus pandemic is preventing a prospective student from completing a TOEFL exam, s/he should contact Dr. Joe Sample, director of MSTC, for an alternative language proficiency examination.
Who should I ask for recommendations?
You should ask for recommendations from individuals with knowledge of your work and who are able to address your academic potential. This can include work supervisors and former professors.
How are applicants selected?
The Graduate Advisory Committee of four program faculty members uses a matrix to evaluate applications. The matrix is based on the materials that are required for admission. The Graduate Director will notify students, in writing, of the committee's decision.