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The Technical Writing MA has a breadth of course offerings that provide students with the foundation for solving communication issues in the workplace. Students take practical classes in Management Writing, Writing in Digital Spaces, and Writing in the Disciplines. Courses in rhetorical theory, such as Classical and Modern Rhetoric and Applied Linguistics, provide a theoretical foundation for the practices in all of the course work. Students also learn a variety of research methods aside from traditional library research in the Writing Research Methods class that are applicable to a wide range of problem solving. There is also flexibility to pursue depth if students wish to focus on teaching with additional courses in Technical Writing Pedagogy, Online Writing Instruction, or Teaching with Technology, or on Digital Media production with courses such as Cybercultures and Digital Writing, Writing with Film, New Media Theories and Practices I and II.
Opportunity for students to receive credit for a graduate level writing-based internship
Opportunity to present at national conferences, such as SIGDOC, CCCC, ATTW, and CPTSC
Evening and video streaming courses to accommodate work schedules
Students have opportunities to engage in a wide variety of communication technologies and practices
Students are encouraged to develop a professional portfolio
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This course offers composition practice in critical contemporary digital environments. Readings and discussions will provide the history of and context for these digital spaces. Students should expect to participate in, develop, and engage in critical discussions about a range of digital spaces, including websites, wikis, blogs, and various interactive media.
This course focuses on how visual elements, whether verbal or graphic, work within different types of documents. Theory and research in visual rhetoric and technical communication will be used to develop models for how people process visual information in terms of a variety of social and cultural contexts.
This course surveys the history of professional writing, competing theories and research methodologies in the field. The tensions between workplace practices, professional writing scholarship, and professional writing pedagogy will also be explored.
Students entering the Master of Arts program in Technical Writing should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Submit a writing sample that demonstrates your readiness for graduate-level writing
An undergraduate degree in English or a related field is preferred but not required. (An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for non-English majors.)
International students must submit TOEFL scores, a sample of scholarly writing, and three recommendations, one of which evaluates ability in English. Regular admission requires a score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL (the equivalent of 570 in the older, paper-based score scale or 80 on the TOEFL iBT)
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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