Enjoy writing? Like learning new technologies? Appreciate good design? Thrive as a member of a team? Auburn University's Master of Technical and Professional Communication (MTPC) may be the graduate program for you.


Since the first students graduated in 2002, more than 70 students have earned MTPC degrees. Almost all of those students got jobs within a few weeks of graduation.

The MTPC program is a flexible, 30 credit-hour graduate program that prepares students for a great variety of positions as writers, editors, web designers, information developers, proposal specialists, corporate trainers, among others in this fast-growing field. Students take these courses in any sequence:

Four required courses (12 hours):

  1. ENGL 6000: Technical and Professional Editing (3 hours)
  2. ENGL 6010: Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication (3 hours)
  3. ENGL 7010: Technical and Professional Communication: Issues and Approaches (3 hours)
  4. ENGL 7060: Web Development (3 hours)

Three elective courses in English (9 hours) approved by the student's advisory committee.

Three courses in a coordinated minor or three additional courses in English (9 hours).

Students can select graduate courses for their coordinated minors from a range of departments, including Communication and Journalism and Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology.

Students develop an academic portfolio of work acceptable to their advisory committees, present the portfolio, and pass an oral exam. Students' advisory committees serve as the examining committees.

Courses meet late afternoon and early evening. The instruction is a project-focused combination of practice and theory, considering both online and print media. The faculty comprises PhDs with extensive experience as writers, editors, designers, and web developers.

Website: www.auburn.edu/mtpc
Email: mtpc@auburn.edu

Main Contact:

9030 Haley Center,
Auburn University, AL 36849