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Graduate Course Planner

Boise fall foothillsOur coursework has been designed so that working students can complete an M.A. in Technical Communication in just five semesters. If students want to graduate sooner, they may take more courses each semester, or take an elective course or two in summer sessions.

See below for our recommended course schedules. We strongly recommend that working students take no more than two courses a semester. This allows students to balance their courses with work and family duties. Full-time students take three courses each semester. If you have any questions about what may be the best choice for you, or if you would like to pursue an alternate plan, please contact your advisor.

For students who will start coursework during a fall semester:

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • ENGL 511: Rhetorical Theory for Workplace Writers; and
  • ENGL 513: Technical Editing

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • ENGL 512: Technical Rhetoric and Applications; and
  • ENGL 515: Visual Rhetoric and Information Design

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • ENGL 535: User Experience; and
  • If an in even year (Fall 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.):
    • ENGL 516: Topics in Print Document Production
  • Or, if in an odd year (Fall 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.):
    • ENGL 536: Proposal Development

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • If in an odd year (Spring 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.):
    • ENGL 518: Writing Software Documentation; and
    • ENGL 519: Technical Publications Management
  • Or, if an even year (Spring 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.):
    • ENGL 521: Topics in On-Screen Document Production; and
    • ENGL 537:Writing for Social Media and Online Communities

Semester 5 (Fall)

  • Graduation!
  • If in an even year (Fall 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.):
    • ENGL 516: Topics in Print Document Production;
    • ENGL 590: Internship; and
    • ENGL 592: Portfolio
  • If in an odd year (Fall 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.):
    • ENGL 536: Proposal Development;
    • ENGL 590: Internship; and
    • ENGL 592: Portfolio
  • If for some reason you have already taken both ENGL 516 and ENGL 536, see your advisor about exploring additional elective options.

For students who will start coursework during a spring semester:

Semester 1 (Spring)

  • ENGL 512: Technical Rhetoric and Applications; and
  • ENGL 515: Visual Rhetoric and Information Design

Semester 2 (fall)

  • ENGL 511: Rhetorical Theory for Workplace Writers; and
  • ENGL 513: Technical Editing

Semester 3 (spring)

  • If in an odd year (Spring 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.):
    • ENGL 518: Writing Software Documentation; and
    • ENGL 519: Technical Publications Management
  • Or, if an even year (Spring 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.):
    • ENGL 521: Topics in On-Screen Document Production; and
    • ENGL 537:Writing for Social Media and Online Communities

Semester 4 (fall)

  • ENGL 535: User Experience; and
  • If an in even year (Fall 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.):
    • ENGL 516: Topics in Print Document Production
  • Or, if in an odd year (Fall 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.):
    • ENGL 536: Proposal Development

Semester 5 (spring)

  • Graduation!
  • ENGL 592: Portfolio; and
  • If in an even year (Spring 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.): your choice of two of the following:
    • ENGL 521: Topics in On-Screen Document Production;
    • ENGL 537:Writing for Social Media and Online Communities; or
    • ENGL 590: Internship
  • Or, if in an odd year (Spring 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.): your choice of two of the following:
    • ENGL 518: Writing Software Documentation;
    • ENGL 519: Technical Publications Management; or
    • ENGL 590: Internship