This program is practice-oriented, emphasizing a problem-solving approach that empowers professionals in many disciplines to communicate more effectively. Candidates bridge the complex and isolated worlds of scientific and technical specialties through employment of effective communication strategies. It is possible for highly motivated, focused candidates to complete the program in one year.
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. Portions of the major project or thesis may be developed as components of assignments in course work. The project or thesis topic will be discussed, refined, and approved by the candidate's major advisor and a graduate committee.
Candidates for a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication must present their MS project or thesis orally and lead the resulting discussion. Within this context, the successful candidate will also demonstrate the integration of course work as it relates to the project or thesis, 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.