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Requirements

Students enter the Ph.D. program from a wide range of fields, but should have substantial academic preparation or professional experience related to technical communication.

Required Courses

TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION CORE (30 CREDIT HOURS)

  • COM 521 Key Concepts in Technical Communication
  • COM 525 User Experience Research and Evaluation
  • COM 529 Technical Editing
  • COM 541 Information Structure and Retrieval
  • COM 542 Knowledge Management
  • COM 543 Publication Management
  • COM 601 Research Methods and Resources

One of the following:

  • COM 602 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COM 603 Quantitative Research Methods

One of the following:

  • COM 528 Document Design
  • COM 530 Standards-Based Web Design
  • COM 535 Instructional Design

One of the following:

  • COM 501 Introduction to Linguistics
  • COM 506 World Englishes
  • COM 508 Structure of Modern English
  • COM 509 History of the English Language
  • COM 515 Discourse Analysis

ELECTIVES (AT LEAST 15 CREDIT HOURS)

  • COM 501 Introduction to Linguistics
  • COM 506 World Englishes
  • COM 508 Structure of Modern English
  • COM 509 History of the English Language
  • COM 515 Discourse Analysis
  • COM 528 Document Design
  • COM 530 Standards-Based Web Design
  • COM 532 Rhetoric of Technology
  • COM 535 Instructional Design
  • COM 536 Proposal and Grant Writing
  • COM 538 Entrepreneurship in Technical Communication
  • COM 545 Writing for Academic Publication
  • COM 553 Globalization and Localization
  • COM 561 Teaching Technical Communication
  • COM 571 Persuasion
  • COM 577 Communication Law and Ethics
  • COM 580 Topics in Communication

Other courses as approved by your advisor and one of the co-directors of graduate studies. No more than 9 hours of 400-level courses may be counted toward the degree.

Admission Guidelines

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's or master's degree in a field that, in combination with the 27-credit-hour technical core, would provide a solid basis for advanced academic work leading to original research in the field. The relevance of previous degrees to the doctoral program will be assessed by the department's graduate admissions committee.

Applications to the Ph.D. program in technical communication are administered by Graduate Admission, which encourages an online application. Additional information is available at the admissions, with application deadlines listed at prospective students' deadlines.

In addition to the application form, you must submit the following:

  • Professional statement discussing the applicant's professional and academic preparation, research interests, and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can evaluate your potential for advanced academic work
  • Official transcripts, or certified copies thereof, of all academic work at the college level or above
  • Required test scores

You are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores with a minimum combined score of 1000 quantitative + verbal (with a minimum score of 500 in each area) and 3.0 (analytical writing).

If you’re an international student you must submit TOEFL scores unless you are exempt as specified in the "International Applicant Requirements" of the Graduate Bulletin. The minimum TOEFL score is 95, with minimum section scores of 20 each in the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections.

Note: Enrolling in courses does not guarantee later acceptance into a degree program, nor does meeting the minimum admission requirements. If you enter as a non-degree or certificate student you should first discuss your plans with one of the co-directors of graduate studies.