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Master of Technical Communication: MTC

Master of Technical Communication

Utah State University’s Master of Technical Communication (MTC) is designed to appeal to a broad range of students:

  • Working professional communicators. The program aims to help practicing professional writers— people who do communication-intensive work in a variety of organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. Students advance their careers by learning practical skills and the theories that can support or challenge workplace practices.
  • Students considering an academic career. The program introduces students to technical communication and rhetoric as an academic field, and graduates may go on to complete PhDs in the field or teach at two-year colleges.
  • Secondary education teachers. High school English teachers who complete the degree will be able to add technical communication classes to their teaching repertoire, incorporate principles of technical communication into their existing classes, or make the switch to teaching at two-year colleges.

In this online degree, you will enjoy the same high quality level of education, the same award-winning faculty, and the same small class sizes you would otherwise encounter in any USU classroom.

Admission Requirements

Master's students must apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. There is a $55 fee required with the application. Here are the steps in the application process:

Instructions for steps 1-5 can be found here.

  • Fill out the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Standardized tests are NOT required for this application
  • Provide a copy of your transcript
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Submit a portfolio of writing materials with the following components:

All supplemental items (steps 6-8 below) will be submitted online through the Graduate School's application system. Once you have created an account, filled out the online application, and paid the application fee, the Graduate School will email you with instructions for uploading the supplementary items (writing samples, letter of intent, and curriculum vitae)

  1. Send a letter of intent. This letter should describe your interest and experience in technical communication, as well as your future goals in the field. A well-written letter should also address why you are interested in the specific program to which you are applying.

  2. You will need to upload two samples of your professional writing. These samples should demonstrate your ability or potential as a professional communicator. Write a half-page introduction to each sample, explaining the context (your role as the writer, your audience, your purpose, etc.)

    This material will be read by the faculty, who will assess your application to decide whether you are ready to write at the level expected for scholarly assignments in a graduate seminar. The samples you submit should therefore be chosen and presented with that purpose in mind.

  3. Upload a current CV (curriculum vitae). This CV should include your academic and professional writing experience.

Admission Deadlines

There are two deadlines for the online Master of Technical Communication: March 1 for admission in summer or fall and November 1 for admission in spring. For the master's programs in English, American Studies, and Folklore, the main deadline is January 15. All application materials should arrive at Utah State by the deadline.

Financial Assistance

At this time, we have no scholarships to offer online students. For more information on financial aid, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Keith Grant-Davie, PhD, University of California - San Diego
Associate Professor
Department: English Department
Area: Editing, technical writing, rhetorical theory
Office: RWST 310 A
Phone: (435) 797-3547

John McLaughlin, PhD, University of Kansas
Associate Professor
Department: English Department
Area: Linguistics
Office: RWST 307
Phone: (435) 797-2738

Ryan Moeller, PhD, University of Arizona
Associate Professor
Department: English Department
Area: Rhetorical theory, rhetoric of technology, professional and technical writing, computer game design and development
Office: RWST 312 B
Phone: (435) 797-8637

Rebecca Walton, PhD, University of Washington
Assistant Professor
Area: Cross-cultural communication, information and communication technology, technical communication, document design
Office: RWST 301 A
Phone: (435) 797-0263



Academic Advising

Jared Colton
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Office: RWST 213
Phone: (435) 797-8412

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