The Master Arts in Technical Communication prepares students to write and communicate effectively in the rapidly changing and expanding technological and professional worlds. With its humanities-based and interdisciplinary curriculum, the program provides students a strong foundation in technical communication, rhetorical theory, intercultural communication, technical editing, software documentation, usability testing, social media, and web design.
Technical communicators work in a variety of business, government, environmental, medical, and health organizations and perform a wide range of writing, editing, designing, and publishing activities. Such activities include documenting computer hardware and software, designing websites, conducting usability tests, producing multimedia educational training materials, writing government policies and procedures, health and medical writing, and grant proposal writing.
Classes are held at both the San Marcos campus of Texas State University and the Round Rock Campus (RRC) in Austin, the heart of the country's fastest growing high-technology corridor. Classes are held in evenings or online to accommodate students who work full-time, and are often held in computer classrooms for hands-on practice.
The students' diverse backgrounds enhance the educational experience for all. Some are already technical communicators seeking further credentials and new information, others are making lifetime career changes, and others have just completed undergraduate school.