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Portfolio Details

Your portfolio should be submitted directly to the Graduate College with your application. Keep in mind that the purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate that you have strong writing skills, but it also gives the MATC committee a sense of your professionalism, so you want to make a good impression.

Your portfolio will be reviewed by a Technical Communication faculty committee along with other materials such as your transcripts once they are processed through the Graduate College.

Professional Letter

The professional letter in the portfolio acts as an introduction for the portfolio by providing background on the contents.  Since you will not be here in person to explain every piece, you should use the letter as an opportunity to explain your projects/writing samples.  Give us an idea of why you wrote/designed the piece, and if it was a group or community project, how you contributed to the overall project.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is your way of telling us who you are and what it is you would like to do.  That is more like an essay than a letter.  Again, this is a way of explaining to us why you want to be in the program and what you plan on doing after you get the degree since you will not be here in person when we are reviewing your portfolio.

Portfolio Contents/Review Process

The contents must be nonfiction.  There must be a minimum total of 15 pages double-spaced writing or 8 pages single-spaced writing.  A combination of double and single-spaced work is acceptable. The contents can be a wide range of documents—from undergraduate research papers to professional brochures and/or copies of web pages.  We have students who range from those fresh out of undergraduate school to long-time professionals returning to school.

The MATC review committee always takes into consideration the individual student's background when reviewing a portfolio, so a traditional-aged undergraduate is not at a disadvantage to a long-time professional who wants to return to school (and visa-versa).  Whatever your age or background, make sure you are choosing your best work to include.

Proprietary Materials and Non-Disclosure Agreements

If you do include material from a company, business, agency, or organization, you need to make sure you have permission to include the material and include in your statement of purpose who gave the permission.

Letters of Recommendation/Resumes

Letters of recommendation are fine for inclusion, but they are not required for admission to the program.  Put them under a separate "tab" or section.  A resume should be treated in the same fashion.