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Graduate Programs in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

In addition to the B.A. in English with an emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC) and the undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communication, the Department of English also offers the following graduate degrees and certifications:

M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition

Cheryl McKell, a 2016 graduate of the program, was one of twenty BSU students and faculty who attended the national Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston.

Cheryl McKell, a 2016 graduate of the M.A. in Rhet/Comp program, was one of 20 BSU students and faculty who attended the national Conference on College Composition and Communication.

With one of the largest writing studies faculties in the Northwest, Boise State University’s M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition provides students with a strong foundation in both rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy, preparing graduates for both careers in the teaching of writing or work as writing specialists.

The curriculum for the M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition consists of four required courses, six elective courses, and a culminating project, portfolio or thesis. Click here to learn more and see the required and elective choices for the M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition.

M.A. in Technical Communication

MATC students Claire Cadman, Amanda Decker, and Katelin Phillips use the newly remodeled LA-206 lab to study user experience.

MATC students Claire Cadman, Amanda Decker, and Katelin Phillips use the newly remodeled LA-206 lab to study for their seminar in user experience.

Students in our M.A. in Technical Communication (MATC) program learn both the theory and practice of technical communication, drawing on such disciplines as professional writing, rhetoric and composition, STEM communication, linguistics, cognitive psychology, human-computer interaction, sociology, and cultural and gender studies. They also get hands-on experience in writing, editing, print and digital design, web development, and usability studies, as well as a foundational understanding of both ethics and oral communication.

The MATC curriculum consists of five required courses, five electives, and a culminating portfolio. Click here to see the required courses and elective choices for earning an M.A. in Technical Communication.

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

The Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication enables students in any field to choose a unified, coherent group of courses in technical communication and related disciplines.

The graduate certificate consists of three required courses and two electives. Click here to see the required courses and elective choices for earning a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication.

Ready to Get Started on Your Graduate Degree?

Please contact us directly through the Boise State Graduate College.

Additional Information

If you have questions about applying to a graduate program in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, please contact Lauren Hershey at laurenhershey@boisestate.edu.