Program Overview

The Master's in English-Technical Writing program at Utah State University is a specialization of the Master's in English Degree designed for students who already have training or experience as technical writing and seek the extra education of a graduate program. This may be an ideal program for students looking for a broad base of knowledge to prepare them for more education or for becoming educators.

This program aims to prepare students for entering, re-entering, or moving ahead in nonacademic workplaces. Possible careers upon graduation include grant or proposal writers, multimedia specialists, web masters, and documentation specialists, in addition to technical writers. Most students complete this program in approximately two to three years. The entirety of this program may be completed online and it is class-based, requiring no thesis. Students may also choose to take one-week seminars during the summer that are administered on-campus.

To complete this program, candidates must earn a total of 33 credits from related coursework. The curriculum is structured so that it may be completed in about three years, though students may take more or less time if they choose. Of this total, six credits go towards core requirements, another 6 to 12 in the area of Issues in Professional Communication, and the remaining 6 to 21 credits to classes in Specialized Publications.

Students will receive instruction in advanced techniques of editing, the management of publications, and different aspects of digital media. With the growing reliance on technology, digital media productions are growing in number and quality and this program prepares its students for such a demand. To graduate, candidates must have maintained a 3.0 GPA overall. Any class with a final grade below B- will not count towards the final credit total.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Utah State University, located on a suburban campus in Logan, Utah, is a land-grant and space-grant institution. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college, which focused on agriculture, mechanic arts, and domestic arts. The main campus of USU is located in Logan, and regional campuses are located in Bingham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. USU operates more than 20 distance education centers throughout Utah.

    The school offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, natural resource sciences, economics and elementary and secondary education. The academic programs at USU lead to bachelor's, master'sd and doctoral degrees and are housed in the following colleges: 

    • School of Graduate Studies
    • Caine College of the Arts
    • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science
    • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • S.J. & Jessie E Quinney College of Natural Resources

    USU has a flexible distance education program that offers degrees and programs that can be completed entirely online from any location that has internet access. Associate, bachelors and masters degrees, certificates, professional education licensure, and professional education endorsements can be earned online.


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