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Technical Communication

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Christopher Dayley
Flowers, Room 363

Advisor Support
Dr. Flore Chevaillier
Flowers, Room 361

The master of arts in technical communication (MATC) program is a student-centered graduate program that accommodates experienced professionals and recent graduates from various disciplines. Evening courses are offered in traditional classrooms and in online environments to suit full and part-time students who live and work in Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos, and Round Rock.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 30 Non-Thesis Minor optional
M.A. 30 Thesis Minor optional

Texas State Round Rock Campus
This program can be completed in Round Rock, though taking courses in both San Marcos and Round Rock will result in quicker degree completion.

Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring November 1 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II April 15 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding. Read additional information about departmental funding opportunities below.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in 12 or more hours of undergraduate English, writing, editing, web design, or technical communication/professional writing course work. (Other courses may be approved by the graduate advisor.)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • portfolio (submit the following items as a single PDF document):
    • at least two non-fiction, prose documents (combined minimum of 15 pages, double-spaced) consisting of at least one academic research paper written for an undergraduate or graduate course
    • cover letter describing the submitted two (or more) non-fiction, prose documents
    • statement of purpose explaining your reasons for pursuing the MATC and including background information that demonstrates:
      • interest and/or experience in writing, editing
      • interest and/or experience designing online or paper documents
      • other pertinent information

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

  Funding Information
If you are applying for a departmental graduate assistantship (IA/TA), you must submit required materials for both the technical communication program and the IA/TA position by January 15 for the following academic year.