Professional and Technical Communications - Master's

The Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) concentration provides graduate students with a strong theoretical background to pursue research in workplace writing and communication, as well as practical expertise in analyzing, creating, and revising genres in technical writing fields. The concentration provides additional education and training for students who are preparing for careers within the field of PTC, including the fields of Engineering, Business, Nursing, and Law that require facility with technical and scientific communication skills in business environments. Graduate students whose primary major is in the sciences would also benefit from the complementary communication and research strategies learned. Students seeking to pursue a Ph.D. will find this M.A. concentration to be a useful foundation.

We offer both a thesis and non-thesis option for the PTC M.A. 

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Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in English program are required to have:

    1. Undergraduate GPA: at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    2. Statement of Purpose: should be no longer than two pages and include the following:
      1. Description of skills and qualities the candidate brings to the program
      2. Candidate’s motivation for obtaining a Master of Arts in English
      3. Candidate’s long-term goals in seeking a Master of Arts in English
      4. How the Master of Arts in English contributes to the achievement of those goals
      5. If applying for a Teaching Assistantship as well, the candidate should use this statement to address the candidate’s teaching interests and how the teaching assistantship contributes to the applicant’s overall goals.
    3. Writing Sample: should be an eight-page minimum, critical essay appropriate for submission in an upper-division, undergraduate English class

Early application submissions are encouraged. Graduate teaching assistantships are limited in number and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

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Degree Details

Degree: Master of Arts
Major: English
Concentration: Professional and Technical Communication

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