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Master On Campus Online Blended

Professional and Technical Writing

Portland State University

24 months
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
444 USD/credit 10656 USD/year
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Earn your master’s in Professional and Technical Writing from Portland State University and jumpstart your career as an expert technical communicator.  

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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

Programme Structure

The coursework for the MA/MS Technical and Professional Writing program is categorized into three segments of credits:

  • Core Courses 
  • Technical Writing Electives 
  • Open Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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48 alternative credits


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. prior to matriculating into a graduate program.
  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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