MS in Professional and Technical Communication

The Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communication (MS PTC) program prepares its students for careers in a range of professions that involve communication and technology. Students learn to approach communication issues in a scholarly and professional manner, developing abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, and navigating effectively and ethically through our scientific and technological society.

Why study Professional and Technical Communication at NJIT?

MS PTC is an innovative program of graduate study with completely online seminars for the working professional available in an anytime-anyplace format. Students acquire an understanding of professional communication issues, information technologies, and social media while developing a comprehensive ePortfolio that demonstrates their professional skills.

What classes can I take online to complete the MS-PTC?

Core courses
15 credits as follows:

PTC 601 - Advanced Professional and Technical Communication (3 credits)
PTC 603 - Cultural and Technological Change (3 credits)
PTC 604 - Communication Theory and Research (3 credits)
PTC 605 - Elements of Visual Design (3 credits)
PTC 606 - Advanced Online Design (3 credits)

ePortfolio (required)
0 credits as follows:

PTC 691 - ePortfolio Capstone Seminar (0 credits)

Elective courses
15 credits from:

PTC 610 - Research Methods for Information Design (3 credits)
PTC 612 - Theory and Practice of Text Encoding (3 credits)
PTC 620 - Proposal Writing (3 credits)
PTC 622 - Working in Teams: Collaborative and Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
PTC 624 - Professional and Technical Editing (3 credits)
PTC 626 - Hypertext Design Studio (3 credits)
PTC 628 - Analyzing Social Networks (3 credits)
PTC 629 - Theory and Practice of Social Media (3 credits)
PTC 631 - Communication and Environmental Problem Solving (3 credits)
PTC 632 - Content Management and Information Architecture (3 credits)
PTC 640 - Health Communications (3 credits)
PTC 642 - Corporate Media and Communication (3 credits)
PTC 644 - Communication in Technology Transfer and Innovation (3 credits)
PTC 650 - Web Based Training Design (3 credits)
PTC 698 - Selected Topics in Professional and Technical Communication (3 credits)
PTC 700 - Master's Project (3 credits) - only taken after 21 credits of coursework
PTC 701 - Master's Thesis (6 credits)
PTC 725 - Independent Study in Professional and Technical Communication (3 credits)

What are the admissions requirements?

Students must have an undergraduate degree in any field with strong interest in science and technology. In addition, students must submit the following:

    Submit to MS PTC (

  • a statement outlining how the degree will meet personal and professional objectives (1 - 2 pages)
  • a current resume
  • a portfolio of work (Three samples of writing, web development, CD-ROM, or other appropriate media, that demonstrate abilities for clear expression)

    Submit to NJIT Graduate Admissions

  • an Application for Admission to Graduate Study form
  • one letter of recommendation in sealed envelope
  • official transcripts of all prior work and a certificate of graduation
  • GRE scores (These scores are required of all international applicants, all applicants who have earned their last degree outside of the United States, and students who wish to apply for merit-based financial support on individual basis; other applicants do not need GRE scores.)
  • TOEFL scores of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 79 (IBT) are required of all international applications.

For information on registration, tuition and fees, and the NJIT academic calendars, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Related Certificates

Some of our graduate certificates lead into the MS in Professional and Technical Communication:

Communication and Information Design
Technical Communication Essentials

Take Note

Courses in this discipline are kept relevant through frequent reassessment and modification. And because the field is always advancing, NJIT keeps pace by adding new courses regularly.

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