Program Overview

The Master of Arts in English: Technical Communication at Minnesota State University-Mankato is designed to teach students about becoming professional information developers, technical or professional writers, and editors.  Students will learn how to become skilled at using written and spoken word as well as how to use visuals that inform and teach a wide range of audiences effectively and creatively.  Employment opportunities include but are not limited to those in industry, teaching, and scholarly studies.  Graduates have the potential to seek work in areas such as grant writing, publishing, environmental writing, publication information, and many others.  This program can be completed in person or online, and online learners pay resident (in-state) online tuition.

The curriculum involves coursework that is theory-based and teaches practical skills.  Students will learn about topics such as manual writing, web design, technical editing, technical and scientific literature, and rhetorical theory.  Required courses include topics such as editing technical publications, research and theory for technical communicators, and rhetorical theory.  There are also elective courses students can choose from in order to focus on their specific interests and career goals.  Elective courses include document design and usability, visual technical communication, desktop publishing, and technical and scientific prose.  Certain courses may be repeated under various topics.   Students must also complete an internship as well as a thesis, an alternate plan paper, or the capstone course, all of which involve a public presentation.  Students may transfer some credits to the program under the policy of transfer credits in the Graduate Bulletin.  Those with professional experience and expertise have the capability to “test out” of certain classes.  Finally, individuals with experience in the industry may petition to substitute 600-level credits in place of the internship.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 

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