Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication | Technical Communication

Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication

Our graduate program in professional and technical communication provides a rigorous curriculum that increases your ability to write, think, and communicate strategically. We've earned a 15+ year track record of excellence and hold a 100% job placement record for our graduates.

We seek applicants with strong motivation, time management skills, self-discipline, and a high energy level. Become part of our tradition and apply to our program today.

What can your graduate program in professional and technical communication offer me?

A prime location -- We are the only Texas-based technical communication program located within a major metropolis. Our prime location has allowed us to forge long-term, professional relationships with industry leaders, who you will interact with as part of your coursework and also during your internship and employment processes. Our Texas-based location also offers a variety of other benefits:

A 100% job placement record -- We pride ourselves on our job placement record for our graduates, who work as technical communicators at AT&T, Apple, Microsoft, Sabre Airline Solutions, and GE Healthcare. Recent graduates began their jobs with a $50-$55K annual salary. Our program also prepares you to study at the doctoral level. Recent graduates have earned fellowships at premiere technical communication programs, including University of Washington, Purdue, and Texas Tech.

A rigorous curriculum -- Your coursework balances the study of complex theories with practical application. Courses on the principles of technical communication; technical writing, editing, and style; professional presentations; document design; and communication and information technologies equip you with cutting-edge knowledge and skills that are immediately applicable to industry. Our night courses are designed around a flexible schedule that enables professionals to balance work and personal life with a strategic investment in their careers.

Your coursework will be writing and reading intensive. Expect to produce a minimum of 5,000 words of technical writing per class in various text types using various technical styles. You will read a mixture of peer-reviewed journal articles, scholarly books, textbooks, magazines, and blogs to understand the multiple perspectives that shape technical communication. The faculty expect you to arrive to class prepared, engaged, and ready to learn. Students who are not highly motivated and driven do not succeed in our program.

We also enable you to customize the program to meet your learning priorities. In addition to electives, you will specialize in a technical field (called a cognate) and complete an internship at a major organization (called a practicum). Prior to earning your degree, you must pass an intensive comprehensive exam that assesses your mastery of technical communication fundamentals.

The technical communication graduate faculty consists of 6 empirically-minded, research-active leaders with industry experience that they infuse into their instruction. Our faculty are recognized scholars who are shaping the future of technical communication through their cutting-edge research in usability, social media, and science communication.

Is a graduate degree in professional and technical communication right for me?

You tell us. We admit students who demonstrate an intellectual curiosity for the field, not those who feel the time is right for a graduate degree and technical communication appears to be a popular, interesting choice.

When you apply to our program, you are indicating that you have career goals, that you will commit 2-3 years immersed in the field of technical communication, and that you have the time and finances to successfully complete the degree, which will take time outside of work and involve ongoing tuition and related fees.

We encourage students with interdisciplinary degrees to apply, but we find our least successful admits are those with no prior knowledge of technical communication. Do your research on the field before applying and then relay that research in your personal statement.

Read Dr. Angela Eaton's article, "Applying to Graduate School in Technical Communication" (pdf)

I want to apply to your graduate program in professional and technical communication. What are my next steps?

  1. Familiarize yourself with the degree requirements.
  2. Learn more about the coursework in professional and technical communication.
  3. Contact the director of graduate studies with any questions.
  4. Complete your application:
    1. Apply to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School.
    2. Email a (i) 300-500 word personal statement describing your interests, career plans and purpose in working toward a graduate degree in professional and technical communication and (ii) a current vita or resume to Director of Graduate Studies.
    3. Email your teaching fellowship application and materials to the TC main office (if applicable).

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