The Master of Arts degree in Professional and Technical Communication at the University of North Texas features a rigorous curriculum that increases your ability to write, think and communicate strategically.
Our degree program caters to students from all academic backgrounds who have strong motivation, time management skills, self-discipline and a high energy level.
The program has a 15+ year reputation of excellence and holds an impressive job placement record. Our graduates work for AT&T, Apple, Microsoft, Sabre Airline Solutions, Hewlett Packard and GE Healthcare. Recent graduates generally started their careers with a $50-$55K annual salary.
Technical communicators are valued because they make information more useable and accessible, and, in doing so, advance a company's or organization's goals. Key job sectors include:
Our curriculum also prepares you to enter a doctoral technical communication program. Recent graduates have earned fellowships at some of the nation's premiere programs.
The rigorous curriculum balances the study of complex theories with practical application. The course work equips you with cutting-edge knowledge and skills that are immediately applicable to the industry. We also enable you to customize the program to meet your learning priorities.
In addition to electives, you'll specialize in a technical field (cognate) and complete an internship at a major organization (practicum). Evening courses are designed around a flexible schedule that enables you to balance your work and personal life with a strategic career investment.
Course work leading to a Graduate Academic Certificate in Teaching Technical Writing is also available. The certificate caters to non-majors in rhetoric, literature, creative writing and cultural studies who teach foundational courses in technical writing.
Our faculty members are active researchers and recognized scholars with industry experience, which is infused into their instruction. Their progressive research has examined usability, social media and science communication. Their research has been published in major journals such as Technical Communication Quarterly, Technical Communication, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and International Journal of Business Communication.
You must meet the general admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School and the following program requirements:
These materials may be e-mailed to the department. Program admission is competitive. The graduate director reviews all application materials holistically, but GRE/TOEFL scores and percentile results are carefully considered with regard to student success.
You have two options to earn a master's degree in Professional and Technical Communication.
If you choose Option II, your thesis needs to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and a major professor.
The Graduate Academic Certificate in Teaching Technical Writing requires four courses consisting of 160 student-teacher contact hours. If you earn the certificate and then decide to further your education, all of the 5000-level courses will count toward the M.A degree. The GRE isn't required for admission into this certificate program, but the TOEFL is required for all international students. This program doesn't lead to certification for Texas public schools.
Beginning full-time students who meet qualifications may apply for an academic assistantship. Those who have completed 18 graduate credit hours in an area offered by the department may apply for a teaching fellowship.
Ryan Boettger, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Curriculum development and assessment; STEM education; technical editing; grant writing.
Erin Friess, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University. Workplace communication; designing for usability and user experience.
Jordan Frith, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., North Carolina State University. Appropriation of Internet-enabled mobile technologies and various uses of social media; adoption of location-based social networks, which represent the intersection of those two areas.
Chris Lam, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology. Linguistic politeness; quantitative research; computer-mediated communication; collaboration; media choice.
Kathryn Raign, Associate Professor and Director of the UNT Writing Lab; Ph.D., Texas Christian University. Technical communication; classical rhetoric; composition theory.
Brenda Sims, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Workplace communication; ethics; collaboration; requests for information.
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