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​​Master of Science in Technical Communication Degree Program​​​​

​Admission to the Program

The Admissions Committee will consider several factors when determining admission eligibility into the Master of Science in Technical Communication program, including the candidate’s:​​​

  • Experience and interest in the field
  • Proven academic ability
  • Demonstration of skills necessary to complete the program successfully
  • ​Ability to contribute to the fields of professional writing or technical communication

​ ​​Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion o​f a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Proficiency in English (if a graduate of a university in which English is not the native language) provided by an adequate TOEFL. Preferred TOEFL scores are as follows:
    • internet-based score of 86
    • computer-based score of 250
    • ​paper-based score of 600​​​

​Applicants who do not meet the full requirements above may be given conditional admission to the program if their other application materials provide good evidence that they will be successful in the program​.


How to Apply

​Applicants must complete and submit all of the following items in order to be considered for admission. Resumes, personal statements, and writing samples can be uploaded through the myUHD portal, emailed to, or mailed to: ​ ​

Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Suite GSB 308
Houston, Texas 77002-1001

  • Submit an application through the ApplyTexas Application
  • Pay the $35 application fee
  • Request/submit official transcripts from the institution where applicant received a bachelor’s degree as well as any graduate schools attended to the email or mailing address above. (Community college coursework will not be considered in the admission process and need not be submitted)
  • Provide a professional/personal résumé detailing your work experience and education
  • Provide a personal statement of that addresses the following questions in detail.
    • 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?
  • Have two letters of recommendation with the accompanying recommendation form​ (pdf) sent directly from personal and/or professional contacts to the email or mailing address provided above. ​
    • Suggested recommenders are individuals with knowledge of your work and who are able to address your academic potential. This can include work supervisors and former professors
  • Provide TOEFL scores as outlined above (if a graduate of a university in which English is not the native language).

​​Transferring Coursework

The Program Director may approve up to 6 hours of coursework to be transferred into the program from another institution.ursework to be transferred into the program from another institution. Students must have earned a grade of B or above in a course to qualify for transfer credit. Fill out transfer credit request form​ (pdf).

Last updated 4/25/2022 3:15 AM