The Master of Arts in Technical Communication (MATC) is the country's premier online graduate program for professionals in technical communication. Professionals in fields such as technical communication, human resources, consulting, software design, graphic design, engineering, and management will find the MATC invaluable for career advancement. The program provides a broad approach to technical communication, offering classes in areas such as editing, design, rhetorical theory, online documentation, publications management, and usability testing. Students gain experience creating online and print documents using graphics and text. Classes meet online weekly in a synchronous meeting space. Between class meetings, faculty and students communicate through e-mail, asynchronous discussion spaces, and video and audio chat. By completing one course each semester, students can finish the degree in three or four years. Taking two courses per semester and one course each summer, students can complete these requirements in two and a half years. Students can also transfer up to six hours of approved graduate courses from another university. Typically students spend about 10-15 hours a week per course, participating in synchronous discussions, reading assigned texts, and preparing assignments.
Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.