Texas Tech University

Master of Arts in Technical Communication

Texas Tech University's online Master of Arts in Technical Communication, offered by the Department of English, is a great way to show your mastery of technical communication skills for industry positions in technical writing, writing, editing, and management - or for further graduate study. Specific aims of study include knowledge of the history, theory, research, genres, principles, techniques, and practices of technical communication.

Program Overview

  • 36 credit hours, thesis option is available
  • Coursework is completed primarily online. Students must meet synchronously online once each week. The remainder of the coursework is completed asynchronously.
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time Student status..
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University.  The graduate program reviews applications ONLY once a year for Fall admission. The deadline for ALL materials is December 15th.

  • Course Rotation Schedule
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Areas of Emphasis
  • Program Website

Related online programs:

Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Application Process

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
      • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).

      • Students planning to pursue a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
      • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application.
  2. Apply to the Technical Communication and Rhetoric graduate program.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. More info about Student status..
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

The MATC requires 36 hours of courses. Up to 9 hours of these courses may be in a minor. In addition, you will submit a portfolio of your work to the faculty in your final semester. Texas Tech will normally accept 6 hours of approved graduate courses from another accredited university to apply to a degree.

The MATC emphasizes breadth of coursework. Students will prepare broadly in the kinds of responsibilities that careers in technical communication require. It is a good choice for students with undergraduate majors other than technical communication or who wish to pursue a minor field of study along with technical communication.

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