Auburn University

Graduate School

Master of Technical and Professional Communication


9030 Haley Center

Lowder Business Building

Auburn, AL 36849

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication, Master of Technical and Professional Communication

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In Auburn’s Master of Technical and Professional Communication (MTPC) program—the only one of its kind in Alabama—you will learn the theory and practice of technical communication and prepare yourself for a job as a writer, editor, information analyst, web developer, proposal specialist, as well as other interesting and often well-paid positions. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, technical writers will continue to be in demand, and our graduates can do far more than write. Moreover, the MTPC program also can prepare you for doctoral study in technical and professional communication. The MTPC requires 30 semester hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree (but note that your bachelor’s degree does not have to be in English). You may take these courses in any sequence: • Four required courses (12 hours): 1) Technical and Professional Editing; 2) Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication; 3) Technical and Professional Communication: Issues and Approaches; 4) Web Development. • Three elective courses in English (9 hours) approved by your advisory committee. • Three courses in a coordinated minor (e.g., educational foundations, political science) or in technical and professional communication, rhetoric and composition, or linguistics (9 hours). The MTPC also requires that you develop a professional portfolio and give an oral presentation about that portfolio. The MTPC does not require a foreign language. Alternatively, particularly if you are employed in business or industry, you may be interested in our Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication (GCTC). The GCTC requires 12 hours of graduate course work in technical communication. It does not require a foreign language, comprehensive exams, or a capstone project. The MTPC or the GCTC will provide you with opportunities to practice document design, writing, editing, and production techniques involving online and print media. Courses meet in the late afternoon and early evening. A cadre of five full-time technical communication faculty with both academic and workplace experience teaches these classes: Dr. Jo Mackiewicz (Georgetown University), Dr. Derek Ross (Texas Tech University), Dr. Stewart Whittemore (Michigan State University), Dr. Chad Wickman (Kent State University), and Dr. Susan Youngblood (Texas Tech University).


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30 / 12

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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