Program eligibility requirements
- BA/BS from an accredited institution with course work relevant to technical communication, writing, and interaction design.
- 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 or to completing the MSTC degree.
- Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
- International applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)
- TOEFL: Minimum 80 Internet based (21 in Writing and 19 in Reading), 550 for the paper-based test, or 213 for the computer-based test.
- IELTS: Minimum 6.5.
For questions about applying to Technical Communication MS program, email email@example.com (preferred) or call 651-793-1302.
We process applications on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will roll forward to the next semester for a total of three semesters, after which you must re-apply if your file is still incomplete.
The application process is online, and we encourage those considering the Technical Communication program to arrange an informational interview with the program director before submitting an application. Please contact the MS in Technical Communication program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overseas students may complete the degree online without traveling to the United States. In such cases, overseas students must meet the admission criteria and present evidence of language proficiency, as noted above for international students.
A complete application packet consists of the following parts, and all materials must be submitted and fees paid before you can be considered for full admission.
Part One - Provide to Graduate Studies Office
- 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 email@example.com
- Non-refundable application fee
- Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
- Official transcripts indicating award of a BA or BS degree from an accredited institution, with at least a 2.75 GPA, with coursework relevant to technical communication. In some cases, relevant professional experience may take the place of relevant undergraduate coursework. Students lacking both relevant undergraduate course work and professional experience may be asked to complete a recommended course of study and reapply for admission at a later date.
- Recommendation letters
- Through the online admission process, submit two letters of recommendation from former or current employers or teachers. Please do not submit letters from family members.
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- The admissions committee will assess relevant professional experience in addition to appropriate academic preparation.
- Letter of application explaining your interest in the field of technical communication and the Metropolitan State program.
Part Two - Provide to MSTC Program
If you have questions about the portfolio, feel free to call the MSTC program at 651-999-5941 (Lisa McMahon) or 651-999-5817 (Tori Sadler).
Submit your portfolio directly to the MSTC program. If your portfolio is digital, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the portfolio link (if online) or attach a pdf. If your portfolio is hardcopy, mail or bring it to:
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street
College of Liberal Arts, Dept of TCID
St. John's Hall, Room 200
Attn: Master of Science in Technical Communication Program
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Feel free to contact the MSTC program director at email@example.com with questions about the portfolio.
The portfolio consists of representative samples/excerpts of writing and design work, including papers, reports, brochures, manuals, multimedia, Web pages, and so on, created as part of professional employment or academic study. The portfolio should be no longer than 25 pages total with individual pieces no longer than 3-4 pages. (Please submit excerpts of long documents.)
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