Degree Program Overview

New Degree Program!

This program is new for 2019. For information about this program contact the program advisor.

The Master of Arts in Technical Communication provides students with advanced study of technical and professional writing. By learning theory and applying it actively to coursework, students in this program develop essential workplace skills:

  • Communicate technical information clearly and efficiently for audiences who have nontechnical backgrounds.
  • Design documents that are both useful and appealing to users.
  • Produce documents for print, web, video, and multimodal distribution.
  • Manage large communication projects.

 This 36-hour program prepares students to enter a variety of fields, including medical writing, software design/documentation, procedural writing, web authoring, and more.

It's not just for English Majors

In the last decade, the landscape for creating, maintaining, and communicating information has changed drastically. Established professionals who didn’t study English or writing for their undergraduate degrees still find themselves having to present complex information across a variety of media—from video to social media to complex written documents. Employers expect their employees to know what to say, when to say it, and how. SHSU’s MA in Technical Communication will provide you with the theory and practice to communicate your expertise.

What is Technical Communication?

Technical communication is a broad term used to describe the work done by these types of professionals:

  • Technical Writers and Editors
  • Indexers
  • Information Architects
  • Instructional Designers
  • Usability and Human Factors Professionals
  • Visual Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Trainers and E-Learning Developers
  • Teachers of Technical Communication
  • Content Marketers

Though some of these jobs may appear unrelated, they all have the common goal of taking complex information, synthesizing it with a knowledge of how to make that information usable, and communicating it according to audiences’ needs.

Why Should I Study Technical Communication?

Technical Communication is a great field of study for multiple reasons:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Technical Writer as #1 in Best Creative and Media Jobs and one of the Top 100 Best Jobs. (USNews)
  • People need clear, understandable information. The Bureau of Labor Statistics explains: “The growing reliance on technologically sophisticated products in the home and workplace and the increasing complexity of medical and scientific information needed for daily living will create many new job opportunities for technical writers” (BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook).
  • Technical Communication is projected to grow at a rate of 11% through 2026—over 50% faster than average jobs (BLS).
  • Technical Communicators are in demand. The median 2017 salary for this field was $70, 930 per year. In the Houston metroplex, the 2017 average salary was over $73,000 per year (BLS).

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Master of Arts (MA)
Length 36 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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