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MA in Technical Communication

The MA in Technical Communication 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.

The program emphasizes five broad areas of scholarship in its scholarship, coursework, and initiatives:

  • Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology
  • Technical Communication
  • Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare
  • Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric
  • Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design.

The online version of the MATC parallels the onsite version in everything but medium. If you complete the online degree, your diploma will look just the diplomas of those who complete the onsite degree. Texas Tech's TCR program is a leader in innovative course delivery and pedagogy to meet the needs of working professionals.

 

Strengths of Our Program

Texas Tech offers:

  • Excellent facilities, including a usability lab, a multimedia lab, and a terrific building.
  • A large faculty of nationally and internationally-recognized experts in the field.
  • National leadership in computers and writing pedagogy
  • A record of student achievement and job placement
  • A program culture that emphasizes personal attention
  • An award-winning chapter of the Society for Technical Communication

 

Definition of Distance Learning and Program Goals

In distance learning graduate courses, students "meet" via the Internet rather than in classrooms at the university. Graduate distance learning courses are taught as organized courses on the semester schedule. Students are expected to meet course deadlines assigned by the instructor and to participate in a synchronous class discussions on one designated weekday during the semester.  A graduate level course requires a commitment of approximately ten hours per week for participating in group online activities, for reading, and for working on course projects.

The online version of the master's degree in technical communication provides professional development for people working in technical communication. It also provides the qualifications for entering the career for people in other career fields. The specific goals of graduate study are:

  • Knowledge of history, theory, research, genres, and practice of technical communication
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques in the field
  • Development of effectiveness in technical communication

 

Outcomes

Upon completing the MATC curriculum successfully, students should be able to do the following:

  • Create effective technical documents justified with relevant theory. 
  • Analyze and respond appropriately to rhetorical situations and key issues in the field, including the differing goals and agendas of audiences, organizations, and societies.
  • Employ and justify user-centered approaches to technical communication.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the ethical, professional, and cultural issues that face technical communicators. 
  • Use communication technologies and media appropriate to users and situations.
  • Write clear, correct, and stylistically effective prose.

 

Assessment

Students’ success in meeting the outcomes stated above will be measured through the following means:

  • A semester review by the Director of Graduate Studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric
  • A portfolio of work, presented to a committee of faculty for evaluation after the completion of 18 hours and  in the last semester of MATC coursework.

 

Online Program

Texas Tech is proud to offer its MA in Technical Communication via distance education. The degree is identical to the one we have offered on-site since 1992; all degree, coursework, and exam procedures are identical to the on-site degree.

Further information is available from the Associate Chair for Technical Communication, Dr. Amy Koerber  or the Director of Graduate Studies in TCR, Dr. Sean Zdenek 

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Graduate Fellowships for 2015-16
  • TCR Deadline: Apply by Jan 5, 2015
  • See our Graduate Fellowships page for complete details.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Sean Zdenek, Director of Graduate Studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR)
TCR Grad Application Deadlines
  • Applicants seeking funding via teaching assistantships and fellowships: The graduate program reviews such applications ONLY once a year, with a deadline of January 5th.
  • All other graduate applicants: These applicants will be evaluated twice a year with the following deadlines: January 5th and August 1st.