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MA/MSc Professional and Technical Writing

Earn your master’s in Professional and Technical Writing from Portland State University and jumpstart your career as an expert technical communicator.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $683 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States) / Blended / Online

Our curriculum is purposefully balanced to incorporate both theoretical and practical learning. Both inside and outside of the classroom, our students get involved in the vibrant Portland “Silicon Forest” community via class client projects, internships, and networking events, such as our monthly PSU Technical Communication Meetup, which provides graduate students with the chance to network with local technical writing experts.

What can you do with a Professional and Technical Writing program from Portland State University

Our graduate program advances students in their technical communication careers in a variety of fields, including technology, healthcare, science, government, business, education, marketing, and public relations. Our graduates have written for software companies, engineering firms, publishing companies, and for the City of Portland and Bureau of Environmental Services. We also see our graduates find employment as grant writers with nonprofits or as project managers. With technical communicators in constant demand, our graduates are well-positioned to enter, or re-enter the workforce when they graduate.

Recent graduates work in a variety of roles and fields, including:

  • Technical writer at a Portland software company
  • Research consultant at a national health insurance company
  • Account manager at a creative agency
  • Technical content specialist for an office at PSU