Texas Tech University

MATC Course Requirements

Degree Requirements

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.


All students will complete graduate courses in the following four categories, for a total of 12 courses or 36 hours. 

Master of Arts in Technical Communication Degree Plan

Category A – Application (12 Hours) 

ENGL 5366 Teaching Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 5369 Discourse and Technology
ENGL 5372 Technical Reports
ENGL 5373 Technical Manuals
ENGL 5374 Technical Editing
ENGL 5375 Document Design
ENGL 5376 Online Publishing
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches (applied)
ENGL 5387 Publications Management
ENGL 5391 Grants & Proposals for Nonprofits
ENGL 5393 Grants & Proposals for Academy
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication
ENGL *Any course of your choice that falls under "applied theory" as determined by the DGS and faculty.

Category B – Theory and Research (9 Hours)

ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Communication
ENGL 5385 Ethics in Technical Communication
ENGL 5386 Written Discourse and Social Issues
ENGL 5388 Usability Testing
ENGL 5389 Field Methods of Research
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches (theory)
ENGL 5361 Intro to Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 5364 History of Rhetoric
ENGL 5362 Rhetorical Analysis of Text
ENGL 5363 Research Methods in TCR
ENGL 5368 Studies in Written Argumentation
ENGL 5381 Global Tech Comm
ENGL 5382 Theory and Research/Written Discourse of Health and Medicine 
ENGL *Any course of your choice that falls under "theory and/or methods" as determined by the DGS and faculty.

Category C – Tailoring your Degree Program (12 Hours) 

Any additional three courses from the list above or three courses from outside of TCR. 

*Up to 9 hours can be outside the department as a minor*

Category D – Required Course (3 Hours) 

ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication


Two or three courses (6-9 hours) may constitute a minor in a field other than technical communication. The minor should enhance your ability to understand and apply research related to communication or to complete job responsibilities. The minor courses may be taken in one department or may consist of a cluster of courses on related topics from different departments. The minor may be completed in the English Department in a field such as linguistics, rhetoric, or literature. The choice of a minor must be approved by the faculty advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies as well as by the minor department. The minor department establishes its own policies about what courses constitute a minor and about examinations in the minor field.

MATC Portfolio

After completing 18 hours and in your final semester of the MATC, you will develop and present to the TCR faculty a portfolio demonstrating what you have learned in the program.