Requirements for Applying

Admission to the MTPC program is competitive. In considering applicants, the Technical and Professional Communication faculty looks for students who will benefit from and succeed in the program and who will add vitality and diversity to the intellectual community of the English Department. The faculty takes care to look at the whole application, basing its decisions on several kinds of information: academic grades, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample. Highly ranked candidates for the MTPC program usually present the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (not necessarily in English or writing)
  • good scores on the general portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as determined by the standards of the Technical and Professional Communication faculty
  • an excellent academic record
  • excellent writing skills, as demonstrated by academic or professional writing samples and by work in undergraduate writing courses or professional writing experience
  • strong letters of recommendation
  • clear statement of purpose for applying to the MTPC program

Writing sample

The writing sample typically should be an extended piece (8-10 pages) of academic or professional writing. Applicants submitting an academic writing sample should be sure that it includes documentation of sources and a list of references or bibliography. Applicants who have been in the workforce may submit a substantial professional document, such as a proposal or technical manual, with a cover memo explaining their role in preparing the document and the audience and purpose for the document.


Three letters of recommendation


The three letters of recommendation should typically include at least two letters from current or former professors who can comment on the applicant's academic work. The third required letter may be from another faculty member or from a supervisor or employer.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should address in 1 to 2 single-spaced pages the applicant's reasons for choosing to pursue graduate study in technical and professional communication at Auburn University. The statement should briefly discuss the student's academic background and any relevant work experience and should provide the committee with an overview of the student's professional goals.

The Application Process

Although applicants may request admission in any semester, those who wish to be considered for graduate teaching assistantships or any available graduate assistantships should apply by February 15 to receive full consideration for an assistantship beginning in the Fall Semester. First-round acceptances are usually mailed by March 15.  The application process has two parts: the first requires applicants to complete the information requested by the Graduate School and pay a fee, and the second requires applicants to send materials to the Director of Graduate Studies-MTPC.  

Here is the process:

Part 1: Start at the Auburn University Graduate School.

  1. Complete the online application form and pay the application fee at  Students should be able to request admission to the MTPC program on this online form.
  2. Request that official transcripts for prior degrees be sent to the Graduate School.
  3. Take the GRE General Test and request that scores be sent to the Graduate School.  Be aware that it sometimes takes up to six weeks for GRE scores to be received and processed.

Part 2: Send your other materials electronically to the Director of Graduate Studies-MTPC at Please send the materials as Word files attached to an explanatory email. The materials include:

  • statement of purpose
  • writing sample
  • three letters of recommendation (to be mailed or emailed by the recommenders; no special form is required). The snail-mail address is 9030 Haley Center, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5203

To request more information to begin the application process, please contact

Last Updated: April 11, 2014