M.S. Technical and Professional Communication

Are you ready to become a world-class communicator?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication is a fully online 30-credit degree. Most of our students are working professionals who finish their degree in two years. Our faculty have extensive experience in online instruction, and the program is evaluated yearly to help ensure that students receive quality instruction.

Engaging curriculum includes courses in:

  • user-centered design
  • visual rhetoric
  • rhetorical theory
  • project management
  • communicating in multilingual environments
  • speech communication

Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • $590 per graduate creditcustomized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.
  • Website Usability Testing Center for experiential learning opportunities.
  • Career Services staff to assist you with career planning and professional development.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Please submit the following to apply to the M.S. Technical and Professional Communication program: 

  • Resume: Current resume detailing your work experience
  • Statement of Goals: Three-page statement addressing your academic history, employment history and professional goals. Include a discussion of your expectations for online learning and examples of your readiness to participate in online learning.
  • Portfolio and Reflective Statements: Portfolio of two or more samples of your current work demonstrating communication excellence. Each piece should be accompanied by a 500-word reflective statement explaining why you have included the piece in your portfolio.
  • Submit all materials to the Program Director by email or via USPS mail to:

    Gregory Schneider-Bateman
    Program Director
    University of Wisconsin-Stout
    340E Harvey Hall
    Menomonie, WI 54751

    Email: schneider-batemang@uwstout.edu

To gain full rather than probationary admission to the program, the applicant must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75. The admission committee favors those applicants with academic and workplace experience writing and designing documents and those with keen interests in professionalizing their communication practices and skills.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 31
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 1
Program Objectives
  1. Survey and synthesize theoretical concepts and principles about major issues in technical and professional communication.
  2. Select and apply theoretical concepts and principles to the interpretation of technical and professional communication phenomenon.
  3. Evaluate relevant scholarship as a means of informing inquiry in technical and professional communication.
  4. Select, design and conduct research, using proper methods and methodology, making sound recommendations and drawing logical conclusions.
  5. Compose texts, designs and other deliverables, demonstrating ethical, rhetorical, and user-centered strategies.
  6. Assess documentation for accuracy, adequacy, correctness, accessibility and usability.
  7. Appraise international and intercultural issues in technical and professional communication, recommending strategies for addressing these issues.
  8. Evaluate the ways emerging media and digital technologies impact technical and professional communication.
  9. Plan a documentation schedule and monitor project progress against that schedule.
  10. Evaluate and execute team-building and interpersonal communication strategies.
MSTPC Advisory Board

2018 MSTPC Advisory Board

  • Julie Watts, Program Director
  • Jason Adrians, Editor/News Executive, Lee Enterprises
  • Paul Anheier, User Experience (UX) Writer, amazon.com
  • Ted Bensen, Professor, CSTEMM, Cross-Media Graphics Management
  • Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Librarian, Brigham Young University
  • Kevin Drzakowski, Department Chair, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Kate Edenborg, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department 
  • Amy Griffiths, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church
  • Melissa Haeska, Director of Web Content, FindLaw/Thomson-Reuters
  • Rachel Hallgrimson, Social Media and Video Coordinator, UW-Stout University Communications
  • Joleen Hanson, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Maria Jahn, Technical Communications Manager, Kohler Company
  • Elizabeth Kafka, Lecturer, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Associate Professor, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Kelli, Cargile-Cook, Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Department of English, Texas Tech University
  • Mary Knatterud, Technical Writer Editor-Educator, Departments of Surgery, Urologic Surgery and Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota
  • Krystal Leitner, Alumni, Technical Writer, Cray Research
  • Kelly Lippert-Negen, Alumni, Senior Technical Writer, Cummins Power Generation
  • Amy Mittlestadt, Public Affairs, Mayo Clinic Health System-Menomonie
  • Mitch Ogden, Program Director, CACHSS
  • Daisy Pignetti, Program Director, CACHSS
  • Cody Reimer, program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Gregory Schneider-Bateman, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • John Spartz, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Emi Stuemke, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Laurel Verhagen, Alumni, Biochemical Informatics Research Chair, Marshfield Clinic
  • Jen Westpfahl, Deputy Editor of Digital New and Social Media, St. Paul Pioneer Press


Three graduate-level professional development certificates are offered fall and spring. The certificate courses are transferable into the degree program:

Professional Development Graduate Courses

Current high school teachers who wish to qualify to teach dual-credit courses (courses earning students high school and college credit) can earn up to 21 credits of ENGL graduate coursework.

To be admitted, complete this e-application.

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