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Technical and Professional Communication MS (UW–Stout)

Math, Computer & Information Sciences

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


The MSTPC can be completed around your schedule, whether you need to enroll part-time or full-time.

Quality Instruction

The MSTPC faculty have experience teaching in online environments, and the program is evaluated yearly to help ensure that students receive quality instruction. All of our classes are offered online, but several program courses offer both on-campus, face-to-face sections and online sections.


The MSTPC offers a variety of courses including user-centered design, communication strategies for emerging media, project management, international technical communication, rhetorical theory, usability, and visual communication.

Total credits required for completion: 30

Program Objectives

  • Survey and synthesize theoretical concepts and principles about major issues in technical and professional communication.
  • Select and apply theoretical concepts and principles to the interpretation of technical and professional communication phenomenon.
  • Evaluate relevant scholarship as a means of informing inquiry in technical and professional communication.
  • Select, design and conduct research, using proper methods and methodology, making sound recommendations and drawing logical conclusions.
  • Compose texts, designs and other deliverables, demonstrating ethical, rhetorical, and user-centered strategies.
  • Assess documentation for accuracy, adequacy, correctness, accessibility and usability.
  • Appraise international and intercultural issues in technical and professional communication, recommending strategies for addressing these issues.
  • Evaluate the ways emerging media and digital technologies impact technical and professional communication.
  • Plan a documentation schedule and monitor project progress against that schedule.
  • Evaluate and execute team-building and interpersonal communication strategies.

Admission Requirements

All prospective students must follow a standard application process which includes a general application for graduate study at UW-Stout.

To apply for the MSTPC program, candidates will need to apply to the UW-Stout Graduate School and submit the following additional application materials to the MSTPC program director:

  • Statement of goals in this program. This three-page statement should address your academic history, employment history, and professional goals. Include a discussion of your expectations for online learning as well as examples of your readiness to participate in an online learning environment (e.g., experience with discussion boards, blogs, or collaborating online, and the like).
  • Resume. This current resume should detail your work experience.
  • Portfolio and reflective statements. A portfolio of two or more samples of current work should demonstrate your communication excellence. Each piece of work must be accompanied by a 500-word reflective statement explaining why you have chosen to include the work in your portfolio
  • For full admission to the MSTPC, the program selection committee requires that the applicant has an overall GPA of at least 2.75. The committee will favor those students with academic and workplace experience writing and designing documents and those with keen interests in professionalizing their communication practices and project management skills.

Degree-granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Stout

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