Jul 13, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision) 
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision)

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, and workplace research shape the field and practice of technical communication.

See techcomm.usu.edu/masters/program_masters for more information.

Master's Admission Requirements

The GRE, MAT or GMAT are not required to be considered for the Master of Technical Communication program. 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 rgs.usu.edu/graduateschool/apply.

The MTC program application requires the following supplemental items:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Two samples of applicant's professional writing
  4. Half-page introduction to each sample

See techcomm.usu.edu/masters/application_masters 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 at rgs.usu.edu/graduateschool/apply/.


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. Keith Grant-Davie, Interim Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department, at keith.grantdavie@usu.edu or (435) 797-3547.

Financial Information

For information on the cost of the program, see techcomm.usu.edu, call (800) 233-2137, or send an email to distance.info@usu.edu.

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.

Master of Technical Communication Degree Requirements

As part of the 33 credits required to graduate, two or three online classes are offered each fall and spring semester. Occasionally, classes may be offered in the summer. 

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 toward 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 (ENGL 6400 , ENGL 6410  and ENGL 6830 ) at their first opportunity after entering the program.

Students need to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing. If the GPA falls below a 3.0, the School of Graduate Studies will take action, which could include a letter of warning, probation, or even dismissal from the program. Any grade below a B- will not count toward the degree.

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.


Students take all three core requirement classes and 24 additional credits for a total of 33 credit hours. All classes below are offered for 3 credits each, making a total of 11 courses. At minimum, 7 of these 11 courses must be Master of Technical Communication courses. Courses are not repeatable for credit unless otherwise indicated below.

B. Issues in Professional Communication (12-24* credits required)

Faculty Research Areas

See techcomm.usu.edu/faculty/index​ for more information.

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