The MSPTC is an innovative program of graduate study with completely online seminars for the working professional available in an anytime-anyplace format. It prepares students for a range of professions that involve communication and technology, such as technical communication, information design, instructional design, user-centered design, editing, medical communication, and social media manager. Our students acquire an understanding of information technologies that enables them to approach communication issues with new problem-solving skills. Our faculty provides strong theoretical foundations within practical frameworks to help our students apply what they learn.
NJIT is a top-tier institution that has been educating technical professionals for over 125 years. At the leading edge of technology and science, NJIT provides the necessary technical backbone for a program involving communication and information design. MS•PTC, which has its home in a major technological research university, emphasizes a research-driven approach to problem-solving using contemporary technological tools.
What our students say about the MSPTC:
“With NJIT’s renowned program, I can call upon successful strategies for instructional design and enrich my understanding of the entire online experience -- module by module, from the vantage point of a graduate student. What better way to become a better web-course designer and online instructor than to be an online student? All of my courses and my professors have been consummate and engaging!” Anu Goyal
“I think my work is helping to improve the field [of medical editing]. I also hope to expand my role in medical writing.” Sharon Katzman
“Throughout the program I've applied what I learned.” Andrew Williams
“Although Taiwan and the U.S. have almost twelve hours of time difference, most of my online class-work is done asynchronously. Synchronous online events such as chats usually take place in the evening in the U.S., which is early morning in Taiwan. That provides me with a good incentive to get out of bed earlier.” Isao Kato
“MSPTC opened my mind to new aspects of technology and communication in the 21st century.” Orna Gadish
“This program was the best thing that I could have done for myself.” Cynthia Pengilly
About the MSPTC Degree
The online MSPTC program was established in 1994 and has been available to students in the New York City metropolitan area as well as students around the world. Our classes are designed to accommodate working schedules and time zones so students can complete their work at any time of the day. Professors and working professionals who teach in our program are skilled in designing online courses with a suite of resources to provide engaging virtual classrooms for teaching and learning. Our students bring their expertise to our classes as well, initiating lively discussions and information sharing as we explore course topics together.
Program Mission: The MS in Professional and Technical Communication prepares students to be leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. The program, which has its home in a major technological research university, emphasizes a research-driven approach to problem-solving using contemporary technological tools. Both faculty and industry experts provide strong theoretical foundations within a practical framework.
Core Values: MSPTC colleagues engage in the shared belief of an anytime-anyplace learning community that sustains a unique combination of academic and applied skills. The program builds on learning outcomes informed by core competencies. These competencies, demonstrated in the ePortfolio, allow us to assess and improve student learning, faculty methods, and program development.
Application Requirements: Students must have an undergraduate degree in any field with strong interest in science and technology and must submit the following.
- a statement outlining how the degree will meet personal and professional objectives
- a current resume
- one letter of recommendation
- a portfolio of work (three samples of writing, web development, CD-ROM, or other appropriate media that demonstrate abilities for clear expression)
- graduate admission application
- official transcripts of all prior work and certificate of graduation
- GRE scores (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 (pencil and paper) or 79 (IBT) are required of all international applicants
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Degree Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 30 degree credits taken over a minimum of two semesters. Five core courses must be completed by all students; five elective courses allow students to specialize in selected areas of professional and technical communication. Students must design and maintain an ePortfolio of work completed within the courses and reviewed by the instructional faculty every semester. In the final semester before graduation, students are required to take PTC 691 ePortfolio Capstone Seminar and make an oral presentation of their portfolio.
Six Core Courses (15 credits)
Five Elective Courses (15 credits)
For course descriptions, please visit the online catalog
For more information about the program, contact
Dr. Bernadette Longo (email@example.com)
Director of the MS in Professional and Technical Communication