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Master of Science in Technical Communication

Graduation Portfolio Requirements

One of your most useful graduation requirements is your graduation portfolio. This non-returnable assembly of five projects will

  • help you assess your own progress as a writer, designer, and editor, and it may help you decide on a career direction.
  • provide a model for the type of job-hunting portfolio expected by many employers; thus, you may wish to choose projects that demonstrate marketable skills or identifiable subject matter areas such as software documentation or medical writing.
  • enable the graduate faculty to assess how well the MSTC program is fulfilling its educational goals.

Format: You can submit your portfolio in hard copy or as an eportfolio.

Hard copy portfolios: place all documents in a 3-ring binder and include a title page (the title page may be part of the binder’s front cover). Include an electronic copy of each of the projects in the portfolio (CD/DVD).

Electronic portfolios: submit all of the required components below on a CD, DVD, or flash drive. These components can consist of Word or PDF files, web pages, and other media appropriate to the documentation project. [If you need to email it, please send it to the degree coordinator.]

Submission deadline: Last regular CLASS DAY of the semester. Deliver your portfolio to the English Department in S1045.

The portfolio is assessed on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis by one or more of the graduate faculty. A grade of unsatisfactory will prevent you from earning your degree and will entail a revision and resubmission process.


  • a. Your current résumé
  • b. A table of contents
  • c. Five projects *, each of which must demonstrate at least one of the learning objectives below. EACH outcome must be demonstrated by at least one of the five projects, but projects may address more than one objective.
    • Documentation production and project management - Write and edit communication management related documents in print and electronic genres.
    • Rhetorical analysis - Apply rhetorical principles to evaluate and produce documents.
    • Global awarenes - Analyze multicultural implications of professional communication.
    • Research methodologies - Conduct and report research in communication management using appropriate methods and/or critical theories.
    • Technological aptitude - Use current technology to produce effective documents.

    *If you include an editing project, be sure to include the “before” and “after” versions.

  • d. Five cover statements - for each project. Each cover statement should be in memo format and include the following information:
    • title of the project
    • course and semester in which you developed the project
    • audience or client for whom you developed the project AND the need fulfilled by the project
    • which objective(s) the project demonstrates
    • discussion of how the project demonstrates the objective(s)
    • discussion of your role in the project, if it was a collaborative project

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MSTC Degree Director
Natalia Matveeva, Ph.D.
(713) 222-5371




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