This program is practice-oriented, emphasizing a problem-solving approach that empowers people in many disciplines to communicate more effectively. Candidates are expected to bridge the complex and isolated worlds of scientific and technical specialties through employment of effective communication strategies.
A 31-credit program of study offered by Montana Tech of the UM and University of Montana-Missoula is required, as is a six-credit thesis or major project. For the project option, a student may pursue interests in a specific profession or an academic discipline and demonstrate that interest creatively in a state-of-the-art format. Smaller portions of the major project may serve as components of assignments in course work. The project topic will be discussed, refined, and approved by each student’s major advisor and a graduate committee.
Candidates for a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication must present their major projects orally and lead the discussion resulting from the demonstration. Within this context, the successful candidate will also demonstrate the integration of course work as it relates to the major project and to identified professional goals.
Some prerequisites to graduate studies may be required. MSTC faculty determine deficiencies and note them in acceptance letters. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA when completing deficiencies, and courses taken as prerequisites do not count toward graduate credit.