Technical Communication

Dr. Michael Charlton, Program Director
(816) 271-4323

The Technical Communication option was developed for students who want to advance their careers in government, business, and industry through improved writing skills and preparation to supervise and train others to become better writers. This program is also designed for students who are seeking to put their technical expertise to work as technical communicators, as well as students who are already working in the field and wish to earn a Master's degree to move into supervisory positions or otherwise advance their career. In the Technical Communication option, students will study publications management, organizational behavior, user-centered design, and effective written communication.

Admission Requirements (Masters of Applied Arts, M.A.A.)

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Letter of intent that summarizes the skills, experiences, and competencies students can bring to the program. Students should also explain why they are applying to this program and what their goals are for their work in the program. The letter should also discuss the portfolio materials (see below), explaining the audience, context, and purpose for which they were written.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  • Portfolio, 10 to 15 pages total length, that includes two or three writing samples. 
  • Three letters of reference from professors, supervisors, or other suitably qualified personnel. These may sent directly to the address below.
  • Application reviewed and approved by the English and Modern Languages Graduate Committee.

Admission Requirements (Graduate Certificate)

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.