Texas Tech University

College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric


College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of English

Box 43091

Lubbock, TX 79409

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Technical Communication, PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Grad certificates in Publishing & Editing and Teaching Technical Communication. Soon to come: Graduate Certificates in Grants & Proposals and Usability & User Experience Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Texas Tech Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) is one degree offered in two modes: online or onsite. The TCR program is strong in technology, technical communication practice, rhetorical theory, rhetorical analysis, rhetoric of science, visual rhetoric, gender studies, and research methods - strengths intersecting with studies in composition, technical communication, and rhetoric. Our faculty are leaders in the profession and in scholarship, active in organizations such as CPTSC, STC, ATTW, ACM, and IEEE. The Doctor of Philosophy can be tailored to fit one's interests. 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 will learn and practice the methodologies for conducting research in technical communication and rhetoric, as well as gain experience creating online and on-page documents using visual and written communication. Online classes meet weekly in a synchronous meeting space. Between class meetings, students communicate with faculty and other students through e-mail, asynchronous discussion spaces, and video and audio chat. Courses are conducted in three regular academic terms (fall, spring, and summer). In addition, for online students we hold an intensive two-week summer seminar on-site, where students can meet each other, network, and concentrate on research projects. Future academics and professionals in fields like technical communication, human resources, consulting, software design, graphic design, engineering, and management will find the TCR Doctor of Philosophy invaluable in advancing their careers.


Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 0 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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