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Master of Science in Technical Communication

"I wanted a prestigious environment that was very serious about the curriculum . . . It was important that classes were offered at night and that my professors were all PhDs."
Melissa Alton

"I was looking for an established program that was well known in the area. The program . . . seemed to be able to stand on its own--it wasn't some afterthought of the English Department."
Christine Belledin

"I appreciate the evening classes and the high caliber faculty . . . I like the atmosphere at State . . . it is a large school, but friendly. I like the small class sizes in the grad
program."
Jennifer Chase

NC State offers a Master of Science degree in Technical Communication through the Department of English. The first program of its kind in the Southeast, it was established in 1988. Since then, the program has been dynamic--growing in enrollment, course offerings, and faculty. The program enjoys a national reputation, with its faculty recognized as one of the strongest in the field. In the Society for Technical Communication's 50th anniversary journal, a listing of the "Essential Works on Technical Communication" included more publications from faculty at NC State than from any other institution.

The Technical Communication program strives to prepare professional communicators for a variety of careers that involve the relationships between people and technical systems. Such careers include those in web design and development, software and hardware documentation, industrial training and development, medical communication, environmental and agricultural communication, technology transfer, organizational information management, and human-computer interface design. In many areas, a Master of Science degree in Technical Communication helps qualify professionals to move into management positions. Students wishing to continue their education can consider our Ph.D. program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media.

The program is designed to accommodate students who work full time; therefore, required core courses are offered at night. Core courses provide students with a critical understanding of the role of communication in science and technology, as well as practical competence in communication techniques. Electives allow students to customize the program to their own needs and interests.

The program enjoys the proximity of North Carolina's Research Triangle Park and of the numerous institutions of higher learning in the area. Students often work part- or full-time at area business, government, and educational organizations. Students in the program can take advantage of NCSU's inter-institutional relationship with many area schools, including Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, allowing a large variety of courses to be taken as electives for the M.S. program.

For more information about the program and applying for it, contact:

Dr. Huiling Ding
Director of the M.S. in Technical Communication
Department of English
N C State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8105
hding@ncsu.edu