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Master of Arts in English

Technical and Professional Communication concentration

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What is Technical and Professional Communication?

Technical and Professional Communication is dynamic field with many career opportunities! Specialists in this field combine their expertise in communication and media technology to produce, develop, support, manage, and analyze information and data for accessible, equitable use.

A skills-based curriculum can quickly become outdated as technologies become obsolete and new technologies emerge to replace them. However, an NMSU Online graduate degree in Technical and Professional Communication, which combines theory and practice, prepares our students to adapt and apply critical thinking to the contexts in which they write. This makes NMSU Online grads invaluable assets to even the most rapidly-changing industries and communities.


What can I expect in this program?

  • 36 credits [2 years if full time, 9 credits/semester; students may also enroll part time]
  • Asynchronous course delivery to accommodate student schedules and needs
  • Course delivery in multiple modalities, including writing, video, reading, and practicum assignments
  • Curriculum combines concepts and theory with practical application and skill building
  • Capstone requirement culminates in a Professional Portfolio
  • Expert faculty with academic expertise, as well as professional industry and non-profit experience
  • One-on-one faculty advising with individualized feedback and mentoring available via Zoom, email, and phone

Quick Facts

Our MA in English, Technical and Professional Communication is 100% online. No GRE score is required to apply!

What can you do with a Technical and Professional Communication graduate degree?

Expand and sharpen your communication and communication technology skills. Gain on-the-job experience through internship and practicum opportunities. Strengthen your resume with new technical and communicative skills, professional capacities, and work experience. Create a professional portfolio or website to evidence your specific communication skills. Pursue additional education and certificates (e.g. PhD in Technical and Professional Communication). Receive individualized guidance on your job search and application materials.

Career opportunities in Technical and Professional Communication

Graduates of the Master of Arts in English: Technical and Professional Communication degree program at NMSU Online are well prepared for a range of professional roles. Examples of possible career paths include:

  • Technical writers and editors
  • Grant writer
  • Regulatory writers
  • Non-profit writers
  • Information Architects
  • Web content producers/managers
  • Data analysts
  • Web designers and developers
  • Information Architects
  • Product and communication managers
  • Web developers/designers
  • Trainers and e-learning developers
  • Business intelligence managers
  • User experience designers/specialists
  • Usability analyst
  • Globalization and localization specialists
  • Teachers and researchers of technical communication



Degree type: MA in English, Technical and Professional Communication

College: College of Arts and Sciences

Department: English

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program Road Map: Review Course Offerings

Cost per credit hour:

  • Graduate online: $444.40*†
  • Active Military online: $250*†

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Master of Arts in English: Technical and Professional Communication degree.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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