Careers in technical writing are on the rise, and Auburn University in Alabama offers a stellar program that prepares its graduates for jobs as a writer, editor, information analyst, web developer, and proposal specialist among others.

On Friday, October 30, Jo
Mackiewicz spoke at the Writing Center about the Master of Technical and Professional Communication (MTPC) program at Auburn. In addition to honing writing and editing skills, students learn document design and production techniques of both online and print media. The masters’ program also sets students up to pursue compositional or rhetorical studies. Additionally, some choose to pursue doctoral study in technical and professional communication upon graduation.

The program is small, with approximately 14 people currently enrolled. For those interested in applying, Mackiewicz stressed they are looking for individuals who are highly motivated, with high GRE scores and good writing skills (though not necessarily with a background in English). Students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, including foreign languages and computer science.

Students who attended the information session asked Mackiewicz a variety of questions about the program and technical writing in general. One student asked about the opportunities for legal writing in the field. While the Auburn program doesn’t have any classes in this particular area, Mackiewicz said that a degree in technical writing would prepare someone for this career. Dr. Christine Cozzens, among others, asked about grant writing, as many students are interested in pursuing careers in a non-profit organization. They set up the possibility for a grant proposal workshop at Agnes Scott in the future, so those who missed out on this interesting talk might have another opportunity. 

For more information about the program, contact Jo Mackiewicz at or visit

Rachael Jenkins is a senior double major in English Literature and Political Science at Agnes Scott College.

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