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Application Packet

To receive the MS Technical Communication information packet, contact the program at It is strongly recommended that those considering the Technical Communication program arrange an informational interview with either the director or program coordinator before submitting their applications.

A complete application packet consists of three parts, all materials in part one must be submitted to be considered for full admission to the Master Science Technical Communication program:

Part One

  • Complete the Online Graduate Application – You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID you will create one at the beginning of the application.
    • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN) please follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
    • If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email
  • Non-refundable application fee
    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
  • Official transcripts
    • Official transcripts indicating a 2.75 GPA and BA/BS from an accredited institution with course work relevant to technical communication. In some cases, professional experience may take the place of relevant undergraduate course work. Students lacking both relevant undergraduate course work and professional experience may be asked to complete a recommended course of study as a prerequisite to graduate work.

Part Two

  • Recommendation letters
    • Two letters of recommendation from former or current employers or teachers.
  • Portfolio
    • The portfolio consists of representative samples/excerpts of work, including papers, reports, brochures, manuals, multimedia, Web pages and so on, created as part of professional employment or undergraduate study. The portfolio should be no longer than 25 pages.
  • Current resume
    • The admissions committee will value occupational experience in addition to appropriate academic preparation.
  • Letter of application
    • Document explaining your interest in the field of technical communications and the Metropolitan State program.

Part Three - International Students Only

In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

      • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)
        • Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT or IELTS 6.5
        • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based
      • Financial statement (F1 visa only)
      • Immunization records
      • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers

Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.

Submit materials to the Graduate Studies Office via mail using the mailing address below or by email to

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
MEC Building, Office 4003
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis Campus

Mailing address:
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email address:

Master of Science in Technical Communication Program
Communication, Writing, and the Arts Department
Energy Park Place, Suite 205
1380 Energy Lane
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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