M.A. in English: Technical/Professional Writing Concentration


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Do you love writing?

Do you love technology?

Do you love the idea of combining the two?

The Technical/Professional Writing Programs at UNC Charlotte strive to prepare students for careers that combine strong communication skills with technical expertise. As a student at UNC Charlotte, you can explore the relationships among language, writing, and computing technologies through an undergraduate minor, graduate certificate (technical communication), or a concentration within the M.A. in English.

Each program is specifically designed to prepare you for the challenges you will encounter in today's rapidly changing, technologically global society.

The Ph.D. faculty in Technical/Professional Writing are Dr. Aaron A. Toscano and Dr. Gregory Wickliff (Coordinator). Lecturers teaching in the program include Myles Hassell and Mary Ellen Muesing. Recently retired faculty are Dr. Deborah Bosley (emeritus) and Dr. Meg Morgan.

With a Technical/Professional Writing background you can find a career in

  • computing-related industries, software and hardware
  • engineering communication
  • environmental communication
  • government
  • medicine
  • other scientific or technical fields

As a technical writer, you will be called upon to research, write, test, design, and edit technical information for a variety of audiences, including

  • software and hardware documentation
  • grants and proposals
  • electronic multi-media presentations
  • websites
  • training materials

In addition to strong communication skills, technical writers must know a variety of computer applications, including word processing, web design software, page layout applications, online help authoring software, and hypertext mark-up language (HTML).

According to the Society for Technical Communication (STC), North Carolina’s Average Annual Wage for Technical/Professional Writers was $70,170 for 2012. Experienced writers and editors often choose to work as independent contractors and consultants.

Technical/Professional Writing Graduate Faculty include

If you have additional questions or require further information, please email Prof. Greg Wickliff, Program Advisor:  gawickli@uncc.edu, or call: 704‑687‑0617

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