About Us

The Professional and Technical Writing Graduate Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offer students a wide variety of educational opportunities designed to prepare them to excel in industry, nonprofit, or academia.

Name: Rebecca Schlei
Class: MA 2010
Employment: CH2M Hill
Position: Technical Editor/ L&D Coordinator

"My Master's degree in English from UWM has proven invaluable in the workplace. It has led to higher pay, faster access to advanced job titles, more opportunities to grow professionally, and options to work as a part-time, college-level instructor."

Students work with interdisciplinary faculty experts in technical communication, rhetorical studies, linguistics, and media studies to develop both a theoretical appreciation of and a technical ability with professional and technical communication. Graduates of our programs go on to secure employment as university faculty, technical communicators, medical writers, social media strategists, project managers, and more. Specific degree programs include:

  • Ph.D. in English with specialization in Professional Writing
  • M.A. in English with specialization in Professional Writing
  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Communication (which can be taken entirely online)
  • B.A. in English with a specialization in Professional Writing

Additionally, our program offers a special emphasis in professional writing for students enrolled in other degree programs. Students may also elect to do a minor in English with an emphasis on courses in professional and technical writing.


Our faculty are internationally recognized and highly influential scholars in technical communication, with specialities in rhetoric, usability, science writing, technical documentation, theory and pedagogy, new media, intellectual property law, digital art, publishing, discourse, and critical/cultural theory. From key concepts in theory and rhetoric to practical writing application, our faculty prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, both in the professional workforce and in academia.


100% of our Ph.D. students have obtained academic positions. Our high placement rate also applies to our students with industry and nonprofit aspirations: the vast majority of our MA and certificate program graduates earn positions in professional and technical writing upon graduation, including positions as:

  • Writer, Document Designer, Website Designer, Information Design Specialist, Documentation Specialist, Communications Specialist
  • Copywriter, Grant Writer, Medical Writing, Science Writer, etc.
  • Editor, Technical Editor, Editorial Assistant
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Specialist/Media Specialist
  • Usability Testing Specialist
  • Project Manager