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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Admissions Requirements

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The pre-requisites for admission to the graduate certificate program are

  • An undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Technical Communication (Eng 271), Business Communication (Eng 272), or equivalent technical communication experience

The GRE is not required as part of the admissions material for the technical communication graduate programs.

Candidates whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL base score of 550 or above. 

When you are ready to apply:

  • Fill out the online application
  • Upload a one-page personal statement (addressed to the tech comm program director and the director of English graduate studies) describing your background and interests in technical communication to the online application site.
  • Pay the non-refundable $40 USD application fee
  • Arrange for an official transcript from institution(s) you have previously attended to be sent to MNSU, Mankato. Students who attended Minnesota State University, Mankato or any other Minnesota State institution do not have to arrange for receipt of transcripts from these institutions. All other transcripts are required, including those from the University of Minnesota.  Applicants who were educated at overseas institutions must arrange for a credential evaluation to be submitted as part of their application. The evaluation must be written by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

We have a rolling admissions policy in our graduate program, which means that we review applications all year long. Our courses fill up quickly, though, so you should register for courses as soon as you can. Once you’re accepted, you will receive an email from the English Department’s Director of Graduate Studies. That email will contain (1) your tech ID number, which will allow you to access the registration system and (2) the name of your academic advisor, who can give you advice on courses to take.

Transfer Credits and Credit by Exam

Students may transfer a limited number of credits into their graduate program in accordance with the policy on transfer credits in the Graduate Bulletin. Contact the program director for procedural details.

Students who possess professional expertise may be eligible to 'test out' of classes in accordance with the policy on credit by examination in the Graduate Bulletin. Students may earn up to 6 credits at a substantial savings. Contact the program director or the course instructor for procedural details.

Gainful Employment Program Information

Minnesota State Mankato provides gainful employment program information about the graduate certificate in technical communication.

Financial Assistance

The Department of English employs about 40 teaching and research assistants at stipends of approximately $9000 over two semesters.  Assistants receive full tuition remission for up to 18 credits over the academic year (two semesters). All graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of six credits per semester. Assistants are provided office space and have faculty library privileges.

Teaching Assistants in the English Department typically teach freshman composition. The TA Director provides a supportive atmosphere where assistants learn composition theory and pedagogy. In addition, assistants are trained in the latest methods of computer-assisted writing instruction. For more information, visit the English Graduate Assistantships web page.

Other assistantships are available from Student Affairs, Learning Center, Memorial Library, and Residential Life offices of the University. For a list of available graduate assistantships, visit the Human Resources Job Posting web page on the College of Graduate Studies web site.

Although the vast majority of graduate assistantships are awarded to students studying in residence, MSU has provided a small but growing number of assistantships to 100% online learners.

Questions about the Technical Communication Program?

Dr. Lee Tesdell
English Department
Minnesota State University, Mankato
229D Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5219

English Department Graduate Director

If you do not find answers to your questions on this web page, or if you need more information about this English Department graduate program at the Minnesota State University, Mankato, please contact

Professor Geoff Herbach
Director of English Graduate Studies
Department of English
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN  56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5504