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Master of Arts in Technical Communication

Texas Tech University's online Master of Arts in Technical Communication provides a broad approach to the discipline by offering classes in areas such as editing, design, rhetorical theory, online documentation, publications management, and usability testing. Professionals in fields such as technical communication, human resources, consulting, software design, graphic design, engineering, and management will find the MATC invaluable for career advancement.

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. Application deadlines is Dec. 15 each year.
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Related online programs:
Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

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  • Name: Dr. Joyce Locke Carter
  • Phone: 806.742.2501

Application Process

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
      • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
      • 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. Learn more.
  2. Apply to the Technical Communication and Rhetoric graduate program by December 15th.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or general 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. Learn more.
  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

Up to nine credit hours may be in a minor. In addition, submission of a portfolio of your work will be required in your final semester. Learn more.

Application (12 credit hours)

ENGL 5372 Technical Reports
ENGL 5373 Technical Manuals
ENGL 5374 Technical Editing
ENGL 5375 Document Design
ENGL 5376 Online Publishing
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication (when the topic emphasizes application)
ENGL 5378 Publications Management
Theory and Research (9 credit hours)
ENGL 5369 Discourse and Technology
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 to Technical Communication (when the topic is theoretical)
Tailoring your Degree Program (9 credit hours)

Course options to complete this requirement vary. More information.

Required Courses (6 credit hours)
ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication