Professional Writing and Technical Communication

University of Massachusetts Amherst

What is PWTC?

PWTC is a five-course letter of specialization in Professional Writing and Technical Communication that provides:

  • practice in technical writing, editing, and software documentation;
  • hands-on training in a range of industry-standard software;
  • an introduction to theories and practices of information design.

Since 1990, the PWTC program has enjoyed an impressive record of job placement, with graduates embarking on careers in user experience, information architecture and technical writing. Some are employed by nonprofits and government agencies, others by firms involved with healthcare, software development and information technology.

Firms currently employing PWTC graduates include: Alcatel-Lucent, athenahealth, Eze Software Group, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Lotus Software, Motorola, Oracle Corporation, Quintiles Outcome, and RSA Security.

Who can enroll?

The PWTC letter of specialization is open to English majors, as well as interested students from other majors. To enroll in PWTC courses, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least junior standing. Learn more.

Questions? Contact:
David Toomey or Janine Solberg


Starting in January 2017, the South College building (above) will become the new home of the PWTC Program!