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Department of English Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in English, Technical Communication

Strengths of the Technical Communication MA Program

  • A long-standing connection to the Orlando Central Florida Chap­ter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC)
  • A close working relationship with local companies and industries
  • A location that provides students with access to a diverse array of industries
  • A faculty with wide-ranging research interests and experience in teaching technical communication

Increase Your Employability

Graduates of the program are extremely successful finding jobs in the field. Graduates have been hired by a number of major corporations including

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Harris Corporation
  • Siemens Corporation
  • Walt Disney World Company

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.

Enjoy the Flexibility of an Online Program

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.

Core Curriculum

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:

  • Writing and Designing Online Help Systems
  • Proposal Writing
  • Project Management
  • International Technical Communication

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

  • On Copyright: What Technical Communicators Need to Know
  • Technical Illustration: The Changes and Challenges Presented by Advancements in Technology
  • Narrative in Technical Communication

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.

Professional Development

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.

More Information

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.


Applicants must apply online and submit

  • Official transcript
  • GRE score
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Goal statement (1-2 pages)
  • Writing sample (approximately 10 pages)

A résumé is required for applicants seeking assistantship positions.

More Information


J.D. Applen

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

Madelyn Flammia

Research Interests: International Technical Communication; Virtual Teams; Visual Communication; Document Design and Layout; Publication and Production; International Studies; Global citizenship

Sonia H. Stephens

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

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