About this course
The MS in technical communication degree program will teach students how to design, produce, and manage print and digital texts using traditional and developing technologies. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the professional, cultural and ethical issues that shape the field; it balances theory and practice to ensure students develop the analytical abilities, technology expertise and hands-on skills necessary for success as a technical communicator.
Students who complete the program will be accomplished writers, editors, designers and researchers who are able to respond effectively to a range of audiences, issues and communication situations. The program will prepare students for technical communication positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors and will offer professionals the opportunity to further advance their careers.
ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year and accelerated 7.5 week classes.
- A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. Applicants in any program of study will be accepted as potential candidates for the program.
- Students must apply to Graduate Admission Services utilizing the online graduate admission application; applicants must meet all admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Education.
- All applicants must submit a written letter of application that includes a detailed statement of purpose as well as a portfolio of at least three documents that demonstrate the applicant's ability to write in a variety of genres. Portfolio documents can include both academic and professional writing for a range of audiences and purposes and need not be in the area of technical communication. The portfolio should be 15 to 30 pages in length. The writing samples in the portfolio will be evaluated using a rubric that considers several criteria, including demonstration of ability to focus on a specific purpose and to meet audience needs, organization, clarity, mechanical soundness and overall effectiveness.
- All applicants must submit three letters of reference, either academic or professional, that speak to the background and capabilities of the applicant.
- GPA: A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program is required. A minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the applicable master's degree is required.
English Proficiency Requirement:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT).
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of at least 6.5. No institutional code is needed.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 60.