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Technical Communication, MTC

Master the Art of Clear & Effective Communication

Without clear communication, nothing would get done. This program aims to help professional writers, students considering an academic career, and high school teachers understand how to employ language to create progress. Learn practical skills and theories to support or challenge workplace practices, understand rhetoric and how it applies to academia, or add technical communication classes to your teaching repertoire.  

Degree at a Glance

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Estimated Annual Tuition*

*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2022-2023 Tuition & Fee schedule. Final tuition and fees may vary on a case by case basis. Please contact the Utah State University registrar’s department, or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for full information regarding tuition and fees.

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Career Outlook for Graduates

A master's degree in technical communication prepares you for a career as a professional writer, a path to an academic career, or as a secondary education teacher. All industries and organizations require effective communication, especially through written formats, making you a versatile candidate for a variety of areas.


Median Pay*

  • Technical Writer – $71,850
  • Editor – $59,480
  • Public Relations Specialist – $60,000
  • High School Teacher – $60,320
  • Postsecondary Teacher – $78,470

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Why Earn Technical Communication Degree from USU Online

The same faculty who teach at Utah State University's main campus also teach the online courses. They are trained and experienced as technical writers and professional communicators who actively research in their fields of expertise. You will be able to immediately apply what you learn in your current career.

Resources for Online Students

For online students based in Utah, resources such as local support, study spaces, BlueZone WiFi, and testing services, are available at the statewide campus nearest to them. Students both in-state and out-of-state have access to virtual services provided from various organizations and offices based at Logan main campus. See our Student Resources page for more information.

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Out-of-State and International Student Disclaimer
Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.
International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.

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Jared Colton

Jared Colton
Director of Graduate Studies
(435) 797-8412