Graduates of the program are extremely successful finding jobs in the field. Graduates have been hired by a number of major corporations including
Students are also employed by small software and engineering firms and by universities and nonprofit organizations.
The work for these graduates includes providing corporate training through e-learning, writing and designing online help systems, project management, communication and writing support for engineers, proposal writing, and consulting.
Because the program is completely online, students can create their own schedules. Many students work full-time jobs while they are enrolled in the program and are able to graduate in two years.
A number of students have completed the program without coming to campus at all. At the same time, faculty are readily available to meet with students who do come to campus.
The MA program requires 30 credit hours of coursework and 3 credit hours for a thesis or project. A third option allows students to take one additional 6000-level technical communication course in lieu of a thesis or project.
The five core MA courses provide a strong foundation in rhetorical theory, communication theory, design theory, and other theories informing our discipline. The focus in these courses is to use practical projects that allow students to apply the theories they study in a variety of professional contexts.
Additional required electives offer students options for more specialized study:
The MA thesis and the MA final project provide students with the opportunity to do an in-depth study on a well-focused topic. Recent thesis titles include
MA projects differ from theses because students create a final technical communication deliverable such as an interactive website or multimedia product. For example, From Concept to Market: Technical Communication Genres to Assist Small High-Tech Businesses in Bringing a New Product to the Market included an online resource with overviews, templates, and additional resources for small businesses.
Students enrolling in the MA program have backgrounds in a number of diverse fields including sociology, Russian language, psychology, elementary education, social sciences, English literature, technical communication, political science, religion, and interpersonal/organizational communication. Additionally, several students already have master’s degrees in other fields when they enroll in the program.
Students have the opportunity to become active in the local chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The Orlando Central Florida chapter holds monthly meetings; at these meetings students will have opportunities for pursuing professional development and networking.
For more information about admissions and program requirements and university graduate policies, consult the UCF Graduate Catalog. If you have more questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
A résumé is required for applicants seeking assistantship positions.
Research Interests: Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric; Technical Communication for students across UCF in all majors; Hypertext and Writing for the Web; XML and Digital Archiving; Literature of Science and Technology; The Discourse of Science
Research Interests: International Technical Communication; Virtual Teams; Visual Communication; Document Design and Layout; Publication and Production; International Studies; Global citizenship
Research Interests: Scientific and Technical Communication in Digital and visual Media; Narrative Information Visualization; Visual Risk Communication; Visual Metaphor; User Evaluation of Interactive Tools; Digital Humanities