Technical and Professional Communication

The Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC) is a fully online degree designed for working professionals.

Two graduate-level professional development certificates are offered fall and spring. The certificate coursework is transferable into the MSTPC:

»  How to apply for a certificate

Go to Shoppes at Stout to pay your application fee and submit your contact information. Select Add to Cart to pay your fee and submit your personal data. 

Separately, email a 500-word statement that addresses your academic history, employment history and professional goals to the Certificate Program Director, Dr. Julie Watts ( Include a discussion of your expectations for online learning as well as examples of your readiness to participate in an online learning environment.

Program and Certificate Highlights 
  • Ten tenure-line faculty members specialize in rhetoric, composition, and technical and professional communication.
  • The program and certificates include an engaging curriculum with courses in user-centered design, visual rhetoric, rhetorical theory, project management, communicating in multilingual environments, and speech communication.
  • All students take advantage of UW-Stout's textbook rental service and do not pay extra for instructional resources.
  • UW-Stout Career Services offers current students and alumni access to job preparation services.
  • The Website Usability Testing Center includes a portable usability lab and eyetracking software.



            Julie Watts, Ph.D.
            Program Director, MSTPC
            English and Philosophy Department

            Office: 105 Tainter Hall
            Phone: 715-232-2342

Ethics Statement

The MSTPC program advocates the Society for Technical Communication's "Ethical Principles for Technical Communicators" and works to incorporate these principles into coursework discussions and practice.


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UW-Stout is proud to be the first university in Wisconsin to be certified for excellence in distance education practices.

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Graduate School
208 Robert S. Swanson Library
and Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715/232-2211