Summer admission deadline March 1
Fall admission deadline June 1
Spring admission deadline October 1


Application Packet

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

A complete application packet consists of the following parts, and all materials must be submitted before you can be considered for full admission to the Master of Science in Technical Communication program.

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
  • Non-refundable application fee
    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
  • Official transcripts
    • 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
    • Please explain 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 and include the portfolio link (if online) or attach a pdf. If your portfolio is hardcopy, mail or bring it to Master of Science in Technical Communication Program; School of Communication, Writing, and the Arts; 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205; St. Paul, MN 55108. Feel free to contact the MSTC program director ( with questions about the portfolio.

  • 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

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
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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

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