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Program Requirements for an M.S. in TCID

Applicants to the master's program come from a variety of backgrounds. You may enter with strong writing or design ability and learn to apply those skills in technical and scientific areas, or you may enter with a technical or scientific background and learn to enhance your communication skills. The program's goal is to help you build upon existing strengths and develop new areas of expertise.

Required Courses

15 hours

  • COM 525 User Experience Research and Evaluation
  • COM 528 Document Design
  • COM 529 Technical Editing
  • COM 530 Standards-Based Web Design
  • COM 543 Publication Management

Required project/thesis

3-6 hours (COM 594 or COM 591)


12-15 hours

  • COM 428 Verbal and Visual Communication
  • COM 430 Introduction to Web Design and Management
  • COM 431 Intermediate Web Design and Management
  • COM 432 Advanced Web Design and Management
  • COM 435 Intercultural Communication
  • 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 532 Rhetoric of Technology
  • COM 535 Instructional Design
  • COM 536 Proposal and Grant Writing
  • COM 538 Entrepreneurship in Technical Communication
  • COM 541 Information Structure and Retrieval
  • COM 542 Knowledge Management
  • 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
  • COM 585 Internship
  • COM 601 Research Methods and Resources

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

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0.

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

  1. Professional statement discussing your professional and academic preparation and goals.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can evaluate your potential for graduate-level work.
  3. Official transcripts, or certified copies thereof, of all academic work at the college level or above.
  4. 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 are 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 the director of graduate studies.