Information for New Students

Welcome to the MSTPC Program!

This information is meant to help orient you to the Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC) program. Watch the video to get an overview of the information on this page.

Watch this video from the Program Director

Learn about the curriculum requirements. Visit the Program Curriculum page for the Program Plan worksheet and the Course Matrix, which lists anticipated course offerings through 2013. Contact Julie Watts, the Program Director, for advice about course enrollment.

Orientation to online learning. All of the MSTPC courses you'll take at UW-Stout use the Learn@UW-Stout (D2L) course management software. To familiarize yourself with the interface, view these D2L video tutorials found at the bottom of this page. If you'd like to "sit in" on an MSTPC course-in-progress, contact Julie Watts.

Enroll for courses. Speak with the Program Director before you enroll for classes the first time. To get started with course registration, log in to Access Stout. To register for classes, view this PDF, which walks you through the steps. If you have difficulty logging in, visit this site. Remember that the Program Curriculum page includes the Program Plan worksheet and Course Matrix, which are useful documents for planning the courses you will take. 

Textbook rental. UW-Stout is relatively unique in that it offers graduate students a textbook rental service. Three to four weeks before the semester begins, you'll need to complete the online Textbook Request found here. You do not need to list the specific texts you'll need, but rather simply list the courses you are enrolled in. IRS will send you the necessary texts for your courses. The MSTPC program pays the textbook rental fee for each program student.

Campus calendars. MSTPC courses follow UW-Stout's Academic Calendar, found here. On the first day of classes, you can expect an email from your instructor welcoming you to your course and inviting you to log in to D2L to begin the class.

Create a Skype account. MSTPC students keep in contact with their Program Director and instructors in a variety of ways. Skype allows you to make free video calls to other Skype users. Here's how to get started.

MSTPC Library Resource. The MSTPC program is assigned a University Librarian. Her name is Kate Kramschuster, and here is the library resource for MSTPC students. Kate is here to help you with research for classes and for your thesis or field project. The MSTPC program sends each new MSTPC student a complimentary copy of APA Style Manual