Mar 19, 2019  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
2018-2019 General Catalog

Master of Technical Communication

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The professional degree program in Technical Communication is designed for students who already have some education, training, and/or experience in technical communication. We welcome applications from the following types of students:

  • students interested in an academic career in technical communication.
  • working professional communicators seeking advancement and interested in gaining skills in the diverse and complex field of technical communication.
  • high school English teachers who want to expand their repertoire of English courses to include technical communication.

The entire program may be completed online and prepares students for understanding how culture, technology, workplace research shape the field and practice of technical communication.


Master's Admissions Requirements

The School of Graduate Studies requires that students present scores no lower than the 40th percentile in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). However, these are minimal standards, and applicants will need to post considerably higher scores in order to be competitive with other applicants for this program. The GRE Subject test in English is not required. Applicants to the Master of Technical Communication program may take the GRE, MAT, or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

 International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must present a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based), or the equivalent score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants need to have a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 credits taken in order to be considered.

Master's Admission Procedure

Master's students must apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. The steps for the online application for the MTC program can be found at

Step three explains how to add supplemental items to your application. The MTC program application requires the following supplemental items:

  1. Your letter of intent
  2. Your resume or CV
  3. Two samples of your professional writing
  4. Half-page introductions to each sample

See for further information on these items and the criteria by which they will be evaluated.

International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless their undergraduate degree is from a university in an English-speaking country. International students must also submit an I-20 application form and a financial guarantee. Please visit the Graduate School web page describing international application procedures and the Utah State web page providing information for international students. Find more information here.


There are two deadlines for the online Master of Technical Communication: March 1 for admission in summer or fall and November 1 for admission in spring.

Additional Questions

Please address additional questions to Dr. Christine Cooper-Rompato, Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department. E-mail: Phone: (435) 797-3856

Financial Information

For information on the cost of the program see or call (800) 233-2137 or send an email to

Note that employees of Utah State University may be eligible to receive a tuition reduction for this program. Call Human Resources for further information at 435-797-0216.

MTC Degree Requirements

As part of the 33 credits required to graduate, two or three online classes are offered each fall and spring semesters. However, since the semester's seminars typically include one or two non-repeatable classes, a student who has already taken those classes may only be able to take one or two of the available seminars in some semesters. Occasionally, classes may be offered in the summer.  Students may also petition the Director of Graduate Studies to substitute an appropriate class in another program or department.

The curriculum has been designed to allow students to complete all requirements within a three-year period although students may take longer if they choose. The School of Graduate Studies requires students to complete their degrees in no more than six years. Extensions of this deadline are sometimes allowed, but classes expire after EIGHT years and will no longer count towards the degree.

There are no prerequisite classes but some students may be advised to take preparatory classes. Classes may be taken in any sequence although students should complete the three core requirements (6400, 6410 and 6830) at their first opportunity after entering the program.

Students in the master's program who are able to come to the Logan campus may be able to include some face-to-face classes in their programs of study.


The eight classes below are offered at 3 credits each. The degree requires 33 credit hours to graduate.  Three courses (6440, 6480, and 6830) are repeatable for credit.  With approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, students may take online courses from other departments to fulfill the degree requirements.

Faculty Research Areas

See for more information.

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