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Master of Arts in English: Technical and Professional Communication

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Program Quick Facts

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Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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No GRE Required

We’re removing barriers to graduate education, which is why we don’t require the GRE.

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Affordable Tuition

NMSU Global Campus offers competitively priced tuition and scholarship opportunities.

Elevate Your Communication and Media Technology Skills

The Master of Arts in English: Technical and Professional Communication degree at NMSU Global Campus combines training in cutting-edge media technologies with critical thinking and writing skills. This program helps you prepare for careers in technical and professional communication or provides new avenues for advancement in your existing industries where your communication and media technology skills are in demand. A blend of theory, critical inquiry, and practice, this 100% online program offers a skills-based curriculum for a rapidly changing job market, centered on your larger professional vision.

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Career Pathways

With the Master of Arts in English: Technical and Professional Communication degree, the highly valued skills you gain will qualify you for advanced roles across professional settings, and for advancement in your current career path.  
These are some of the positions you will be well prepared for:

  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Media Designer/Producer
  • Nonprofit Writer/Media Specialist
  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Regulatory Writer
  • Data Analyst
  • Regulatory Writer
  • Product/Communication Manager
  • Business Intelligence Manager
  • Information Architect
  • User Experience (UX) Designer/Specialist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Grant Writer
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

The MA in Technical and Professional Communication program helps you master the writing and communication technology skills crucial to career pathways in technical communication, and to career advancement across sectors. You will learn a range of cutting-edge skills in web design, document design, technical writing, grant writing, and user experience, while advancing your critical understanding of technical communication’s impact in its larger communities and worlds.

Putting this learning into action, we offer on-the-job experience through internship and practicum opportunities that strengthen your resume. To showcase your new abilities, we help you create a high-impact professional portfolio. Individualized job search and application guidance throughout the program will enable you to put your new skills to work in real time.

Delivery Format: 100% online
Program Credits: 36
Program Length: 2 years (when full-time)
Cost Per Credit Hour: $444.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Arts and Sciences
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The MA in Technical and Professional Communication program consists of 36 credits and is only offered in Fall and Spring. Courses are 16 weeks and include specific due dates throughout the semester (they are not self-paced). You’ll take core courses in theory, praxis, application of technical and professional communication, rhetoric, and conclude your program by composing a portfolio of work and passing an oral examination.

Admission requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum 3.0 GPA (provisional not an option)
  • A resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter of interest illustrating your understanding of technical and professional communication, and your plans to make use of the critical and practical studies offered by our program
  • A general writing sample demonstrating your ability to organize and present complex information (can be academic or professional in nature)

The program does not require any undergraduate prerequisites.

Sample Courses Credits
ENGL 478: Document Design 3
ENGL 502: Critical Conversations in Technical and Professional Communication 3
ENGL 503: Web Design and Development 3
ENGL 531: Technical Writing 3
ENGL 560: Proposal and Grant Writing 3
ENGL 568: Rhetoric and Cultural Studies 3
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At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.