Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communications

The MS in Professional and Technical Communication is designed to meet the emerging challenges of technological and scientific innovations, social media and aesthetic design, cross-cultural environments, and global impact.

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

For more information about applying for the MSPTC program, please visit:

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)

PTC 601 Advanced Professional and Technical Communication
PTC 603 Identity, Technology, and Communication
PTC 604 Communication Theory and Research
PTC 605 Elements of Visual Design
PTC 606 Advanced Information Design
PTC 691 ePortfolio Capstone Seminar (0 credits)

Five Elective Courses (15 credits)

PTC 610 Research Methods for Information Design
PTC 620 Proposal Writing
PTC 622 Working in Team: Collaborative and Interpersonal Communications
PTC 624 Professional and Technical Editing
PTC 626 Hypertext Design Studio
PTC 628 Analyzing Social Networks
PTC 629 Theory and Practice of Social Media
PTC 631 Communication and Environmental Problem Solving
PTC 632 Content Management and Information Architecture
PTC 640 Health Communications
PTC 642 Corporate Media and Communication
PTC 644 Communication in Technology Transfer and Innovation
PTC 650 eLearning Design for Mobile
PTC 698 Selected Topics in Professional and Technical Communication
PTC 725 Independent Study in Professional and Technical Communication

For course descriptions, please visit the online catalog

For more information about the program, contact

Dr. Bernadette Longo (
Director of the MS in Professional and Technical Communication