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Publications > Dateline Houston > March 2004 > Society & Industry News

Volume 43, Issue 5

March 2004

Society & Industry News

Educational Opportunities

New Graduate Writing Degree at University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) has established a new Master's degree program for professional writers. The Master of Science in Professional Writing and Technical Communication (MSPWTC) begins classes in fall 2004.

About the Program

Students in the new Master's degree program in professional writing and technical communication can study advanced publication and production skills, project management, ethical and global implications of professional communication, audience analysis and usability testing, and creation of Web sites or online help.

Students in the program will learn professional skills in document production, rhetorical analysis, ethical and global awareness, and research methodologies.

Application Requirements

Prospective students must have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and must provide

  • Official transcripts showing undergraduate GPA
  • GRE scores
  • Personal application statement and resume
  • Professional writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Candidates must demonstrate excellent skills in writing and language and a potential for high academic achievement at the graduate level.

Application Process

Applications for the fall semester are due March 31. Applications received after the March deadline will be considered for spring admission; however, course sequences begin in the fall semester, so spring applicants may experience a delay in course availability.

Degree Requirements

Completion of the MSPWTC requires a minimum of 36 semester hours that include a thesis or capstone project option and a graduation portfolio.

  • Required core courses (12 hours, including Visual Design, Project Management, Rhetorical Theory & Criticism, and Proseminar in Professional & Technical Communication)
  • Electives (18 hours)
  • Thesis or capstone project with oral defense (6 hours)

For More Information

For details on the program, schedule, and course offerings, contact Dr. Molly Johnson at 713-222-5335 or You can also visit the program Web site at Watch future issues of Dateline Houston for more news about the UHD MSPWTC program.

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