Master of Science (Technical Communication)

Arizona State University (ASU)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
2 years
August January
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Entry Requirements

  • 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.


  • Applied Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • Research in Technical Communication
  • Fundamentals of Technical Communication
  • Principles of Visual Communication
  • Visualizing Data and Information
  • Principles of Web Authoring
  • Social Media in the Workplace
  • Principles of Technical Editing
  • Grant and Proposal Writing
  • User Experience
  • Content Management and Topic-Based Authoring
  • Technical and Scientific Reports
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Electronic Age
  • Information in the Digital Age

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