M.S. Technical and Professional Communication

Are you ready to become a world-class communicator?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers and Salary Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication is a fully online 30-credit degree. Most of our students are working professionals who finish the degree in two years. 

The Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication can be completed around your schedule, whether you enroll part-time or full-time. / UW-Stout

Our faculty have extensive experienced in online instruction, and the program is evaluated yearly to help ensure that students receive quality instruction.

Engaging curriculum includes courses in:

  • user-centered design
  • visual rhetoric
  • rhetorical theory
  • project management
  • communicating in multilingual environments
  • speech communication

Quality and Value

  • Ten faculty specializing in rhetoric, composition, communication
  • Website Usability Testing Center
  • $533 per credit includes textbooks
  • Career Services office serves all students
Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Please submit the following to apply to the M.S. Technical and Professional Communication program: 

  • Resume: Current resume detailing your work experience
  • Statement of Goals: Three-page statement addressing your academic history, employment history and professional goals. Include a discussion of your expectations for online learning and examples of your readiness to participate in online learning.
  • Portfolio and Reflective Statements: Portfolio of two or more samples of your current work demonstrating communication excellence. Each piece should be accompanied by a 500-word reflective statement explaining why you have included the piece in your portfolio.
  • Submit all materials to the Program Director by email or via USPS mail to:

    Dr. Julie Watts, MSTPC
    UW-Stout, Harvey Hall 340-K
    Menomonie, WI 54751

To gain full rather than probationary admission to the program, the applicant must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75. The admission committee favors those applicants with academic and workplace experience writing and designing documents and those with keen interests in professionalizing their communication practices and skills.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 31
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 15
Program Objectives
  1. Survey and synthesize theoretical concepts and principles about major issues in technical and professional communication.
  2. Select and apply theoretical concepts and principles to the interpretation of technical and professional communication phenomenon.
  3. Evaluate relevant scholarship as a means of informing inquiry in technical and professional communication.
  4. Select, design and conduct research, using proper methods and methodology, making sound recommendations and drawing logical conclusions.
  5. Compose texts, designs and other deliverables, demonstrating ethical, rhetorical, and user-centered strategies.
  6. Assess documentation for accuracy, adequacy, correctness, accessibility and usability.
  7. Appraise international and intercultural issues in technical and professional communication, recommending strategies for addressing these issues.
  8. Evaluate the ways emerging media and digital technologies impact technical and professional communication.
  9. Plan a documentation schedule and monitor project progress against that schedule.
  10. Evaluate and execute team-building and interpersonal communication strategies.
MSTPC Advisory Board

2018 MSTPC Advisory Board

  • Jason Adrians, Editor in Chief
    Casper Star-Tribune
  • Paul Anheier, User Experience (UX) Writer
  • Mollye Barrett, Principle Consultant
    ClearPath LLC Content Management Solutions
  • Paula Berger, Vice President Marketing and Communication 
  • Kelli Cargile-Cook, Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Department of English
    Texas Tech University
  • Brian Croxall, Digital Humanitiese Strategist, Lecturer of American Literature, Department of English
    Emory University
  • Katie De La Rosa, Alumni
    Jones Sign
  • Krystal Hale, Alumi, Technical Writer
    Cray Research 
  • Maria Jahn, Technical Writer
    Kohler Company
  • Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Associate Professor, Department of Writing Studies
    University of Minnesota
  • Mary Knatterud, Technical Writer Editor-Educator, Departments of Surgery, Urologic Surgery and Otolaryngology
    University of Minnesota
  • Jill Krout, Principal Consultant
    Jill Krout and Associates, Inc.
  • Kelly Lippert-Negen, Alumni, Senior Technical Writer
    Cummins Power Generation
  • Sean Lough, Director of Marketing
    Seeking Alpha
  • Amy Mittlestadt, Public Affairs
    Mayo Clinic Health System-Menomonie
  • Traci Nathans-Kelly, Associate Faculty, College of Engineering
    University of Wisconsin
  • James Romano, Chief Executive Officer
    Prisma, Inc.
  • Lynda Shindley, Principal Writer
    Riverview Writing, Inc.
  • Joseph Van Oss, Faculty, Communication Studies Department
    University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
  • Laurel Verhagen, Alumni, Biochemical Informatics Research Chair
    Marshfield Clinic
  • Jen Westpfahl, Deputy Editor of Digital New and Social Media
    St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Craig Yolitz, Vice President Customer Operations

MSTPC Leadership Representatives

  • Ted Bensen, Professor COM, Apperal and Communications Technologies Department
  • Amanda Brown, Associate Professor, CACHSS, Speech Communication, Foreign Languages, Theatre and Music Department
  • Genesea Carter, Program Faculty, Assistant Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Steven Deckelman, Professor, CSTEMM, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department
  • Kate Edenborg, Program Faculty, Assistant Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department 
  • Jennifer Grant, Associate Professor, CSTEMM, Biology Department
  • Joleen Hanson, Program Faculty, Associate Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Mitch Ogden, Program Faculty, Assistant Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Daisy Pignetti, Program Director, Associate Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Daniel Ruefman, Program Faculty, Assistant Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Gregory Schneider-Bateman, Program Faculty, Assistant Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Timothy Shiell, Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • John Spartz, Program Faculty, Assistant Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • David Tank, Program Faculty, Senior Lecturer, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department

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