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From left: Katelin Phillips, Rachael Renk, Dr. Carly Finseth, Corey Nelson, and Li Sperl -- at World Usability Day @ Boise State, 2016

From left: Katelin Phillips, Rachael Renk, Dr. Carly Finseth, Corey Nelson, and Li Sperl at World Usability Day @ Boise State, 2016

Application Process for M.A. in Technical Communication

Applications for the M.A. in Technical Communication program are reviewed as they are received; there is no application deadline for regular admission. You may enter the program in either the fall or the spring semester. However, if you wish to apply for a competitive assistantship, you must submit all materials by January 15.

To apply, you will need to upload the following documents to your application file:

  • A 1,000-word statement on why you wish to enter the MATC program. In part, this statement functions as a writing sample. In part, it helps the faculty determine if this program is appropriate for you; that is, it helps faculty decide whether this program will help you achieve your educational and professional goals;

  • Three letters of recommendation, from employers or professors. The faculty are looking for whether the references think you have the talent, skill, and professional work habits that will make it likely you will succeed in this graduate program; and

  • A current resume.

You are encouraged to apply to the M.A. in Technical Communication program if you possess a bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. If you have a lower GPA, you may be admitted with provisional status, which stipulates that you must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first 12 credits of your graduate coursework. There is no GRE requirement.

Click here to apply to MATC via Boise State’s Graduate College. You will be instructed on how to upload the required documents.

Application Process for Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

The minimum requirement for admission to the Graduate Certificate program is a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and admission to the Graduate College. To apply, you will need to upload the following documents to your application file:

  • A 500-word statement explaining how the Graduate Certificate relates to your broader educational goals; and
  • A current resume.

Click here to apply for a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication via Boise State’s Graduate College. You will be instructed on how to upload the required documents.

Application Process for Non-Degree Seeking Students

If you are not interested in earning a degree but wish to take only one or several courses, you should apply to Boise State University as an unclassified graduate student. If you later decide that you wish to earn the MATC, you must then be admitted to the MATC program. Of course, you may apply for admission to the Graduate College and matriculate in the MATC program at the same time.

Please note this policy restricting the awarding of MATC credits: a student may apply to the MATC degree requirements no more than 9 credits earned before he or she is accepted in the program.

The application process for non-degree seeking students is the same as it is for MATC applicants. You will need to upload a 1,000 word statement, three letters of recommendation, and a resume.

Click here to apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student via Boise State’s Graduate College. You will be instructed on how to upload the required documents.

What funding opportunities are available for the MATC program?

The MATC program offers funding through competitive teaching and Writing Center assistantships. Teaching assistantships allow graduate students to teach in our nationally-recognized first-year writing program, as well as potentially teach English 202: Introduction to Technical Communication in their second year. Writing Center assistantships provide opportunities for students to serve as writing consultants, mentor new consultants, and participate in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) activities. Students who secure an assistantship are also eligible to apply for the Graduate Residential Scholars Program (GRSP).

Non-resident students are also encouraged to apply for our GEM Grad Scholarship.

Applications for assistantships are due by January 15.

What happens next?

Once your file is complete, it will be reviewed by the Director of Technical Communication, who will provide an admission recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate College. The Dean will make the final admission decision and notify the applicant.

If you are accepted into the MATC program, you will be assigned an advisor, with whom you will meet to discuss your program of study. Your advisor will discuss with you your options regarding transferring graduate credits earned at other universities, selecting appropriate courses, and choosing the right culminating activity. If you have a preference about which technical communication faculty member you wish to be your advisor, please express that preference to Dr. Roger Munger, the Director of Technical Communication, and he will try to accommodate you.