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​ ​Master of Science in Technical Communicatio​n ​​​
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Program Overview​

The Master of Science in Technical Communication (MSTC) degree program is dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of technical communication, understood as the process of crafting, presenting, and disseminating specialized knowledge. We provide our graduates with writing, design, and management skills based on rhetorical principles. Students will gain publication and production skills, study project management and the ethical and global implications of professional communication, participate in research, conduct audience analyses and usability tests, and create web sites and online help. 

We believe that by providing students with a rigorous foundation in our discipline, they are empowered to recognize and respond to social justice issues and affect positive change in both their workplaces and their communities.

​This program is valuable for a range of candidates:​
  • ​​​Professional writers, pu​​blic relations and communications specialists, or corporate training professionals seeking promotion to man​agerial positions or interested in teaching technical writing in community colleges or high schools
  • Practitioners in science, technology, energy, public health, and other specialized fields with the goal of expanding employment options​
  • ​Undergraduates interested in an applied master’s level degree, either to increase their employability or to pursue a doctoral degree in technical communication

​​Program Learning Outcomes​​ ​

Graduates of the MSTC program will demonstrate professional level skills or knowledge in the following areas:

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  • Document production: Write, design, and edit effective and ethical documents in print and electronic genres.
  • Rhetorical literacy: Apply rhetorical literacy principles to evaluate and produce documents.
  • ​Global and social awareness: Analyze and respond to multicultural and social justice implications of technical communication.
  • Research methodologies: Conduct and report research using appropriate methods and critical theories.
  • Technological aptitude: Use current technology to produce effective documents. ​
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MSTC students can tailor the degree to the following career paths:

Global Communication

Intercultural Communication

Develop skills to write with plain language and to communicate in the global marketplace with sensitivity to multicultural audiences.

Science and Communication

Science and Medical Communication

​Master preparing lab reports, information graphics, grants, and results-oriented documents.​

Usability

​​Usability Research​

Develop skills in user-center testing and design of websites, manuals, and consumer-related projects.


 

​Public Relations

​Exercise best practices of public relations and advertising in print, online, and social networks.​​

 

​​​Instructional Design

​Use technology to develop and deliver tutorials, training modules, and curriculum design in corporate and academic settings. ​

 

​Communication Management

Master skills in project management, public relations, and business-to-business communication.​​​

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