“I selected the MSTPC program because I wanted a career change. I selected this program over an MBA, for example, because this program is unique – a conversation starter. The MSTPC program directly influenced a recent hiring decision: after only two years in the technical writing field, my company promoted me to a supervisory role. This program helped me hone several soft skills and it taught me how to collect, analyze, and present technical information in effective and persuasive ways.”                                                       

John Baker, Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication, 2015
 
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What are the top five personal qualities and skills employers are seeking today? According to the Job Outlook 2017 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, they are:

•  Teamwork skills
•  Problem-solving skills
•  Communication skills (written and oral)
•  Strong work ethic
•  Leadership skills

The Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication at Lawrence Technological University focuses on all of these skills!

The Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication program emphasizes lean writing. You’ll learn to communicate crisply, clearly, and concisely. In keeping with the University’s motto of “theory and practice,” this degree provides a strong academic grounding combined with practical, professional experience and hands-on projects. You’ll do the research, write the copy, design the brochure, and give the presentation.

Admission to the Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication requires:


1.  Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;

2.  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (minimum GPA of 3.0);

3.  Official transcripts of all completed college work;

4.  A resume, including academic and professional experience;

5.  One or more writing samples that demonstrate the applicant’s skill in either technical or professional communication. Professional portfolios may also be submitted;

6.  Three letters of recommendation, including one from either a professor or a corporate supervisor. The supervisory letter must be written by someone who has worked with the applicant in either an academic or corporate environment during the past three years and who is familiar with the applicant’s professional promise;

7.  An interview with the program director or a designated faculty member.


Applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0 and those with undergraduate degrees in a field other than technical communication will be admitted on a conditional basis. Students accepted conditionally are evaluated for official graduate student status upon completion of nine semester hours of graduate course work at Lawrence Tech.

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions about the Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication, contact Lawrence Tech’s Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication at 248.204.3656 or humchair@ltu.edu.

Curriculum

Candidates for the Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication degree must complete the equivalent of 30 semester hours, including 18 semester hours of core courses. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses applied toward the degree. 

Your 30-credit-hour program consists of:

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 6103 Foundations of Technical Communication 3
COM 6443  Rhetoric of Technical Communication 3
COM 6453 Research Methods and Applications 3
COM 6473 Advanced Publication Design 3
COM 6553 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 7203 Technical Communication Practicum  3
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 5963 Web Site Design 3
COM 6123 Professional Presentation Strategies 3
COM 6463 Team Problem Solving and Decision Making 3
COM 6483 Managing Organizational Communication 3
COM 6493 Communicating Across Cultures 3
COM 6523 Developing the Corporate Story 3
COM 6533 Writing for Social Media 3
COM 6543 Technical and Professional Editing 3
COM 6563 Advanced Nonverbal Communication 3
COM 6573 Instructional Design 3
COM 7103 Special Topics 3
      Examples include:  
      Publication and Graphic Design Software Applications  
      Medical Writing  
      Proposal Writing  
      Legal Writing  
      Personal and Professional Storytelling  
      Rhetorical Analysis and Presentation  
      Advanced Business and Professional Communication  
      Communication Law  
Four (4) electives (12 credits) to be chosen from the list above.