The Master of Science in Technical Communication is an innovative 32-credit program that provides advanced training in the professional practice and theory of technical communication. The program has been designed to:
- help you succeed in this rapidly-evolving profession, within a global marketplace;
- prepare you for upper-level positions in technical communication as managers, supervisors or consultants; and
- enable you to solve complex communication problems for a variety of audiences, in a variety of media.
In addition to being useful to technical communication professionals, this program may also help people in a variety of fields, including education, graphic design, training, marketing, multimedia development, science and engineering. You learn how to use your knowledge in practical, on-the-job situations; and all of the professors combine academic excellence with their own real-world experience.
In keeping with Metropolitan State's commitment to working adults, the master's program in technical communication offers flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes, and program flexibility to suit individual professional goals.
About Technical Communication
We are surrounded by technological change in our schools, in the workplace and in our homes. To many people, just trying to keep up with the pace of change is a major challenge. But with change comes opportunity. Technical communicators understand that opportunity. They fill the gap between people and technology, between specialized information and those who want to use it. It's a growing field that helps people cope with technology and technical information in a variety of settings.
In many ways, technical communication is a skill set that allows individuals to fill many roles within organizations.
Areas of expertise for technical communicators include:
- document design
- content development and design for digital media
- writing and editing
- project management
- usability and usability testing
- information management and
- cross-cultural communication
The demand for technical communication skills and expertise has grown consistently, in all segments of industry, government and nonprofit organizations. There is also a growing need for professionals within the field to take leadership roles as managers, supervisors and consultants.
Academic advisors for this program are resident faculty who teach in the technical communication program. As a newly-admitted student, you confer with your advisor to lay out a course of study that includes:
- prerequisite course work, if any;
- a curricular plan: the recommended sequence of courses, based on your circumstances and the university's course scheduling; and
- electives and focus area: special interests within the field of technical communication, if any, that you can address through course work and recommended electives.
Graduate Student Worker
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for students in the master's program. Students with assistantships help faculty with teaching, special projects, and program administration.
To individualize the master's program, you select up to three 4-credit electives. These electives must be 500G- or 600-level courses and must be approved by your advisor. You can select electives from fields such as writing, media studies, communication, business/management, computer science, natural sciences, and ethics. There are also opportunities to earn a certificate in the Design of User Experience or in Project Management. You may choose an independent study or an internship as an elective. We particularly recommend internships if you have limited professional experience.
Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:
- BA/BS from an accredited institution with course work relevant to technical communication. In some cases, professional experience may take the place of relevant undergraduate course work. (Students lacking both relevant undergraduate course work and professional experience may be asked to complete a recommended course of study as a prerequisite to graduate work.)
- Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Graduate Application
- Non-refundable application fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
- Official transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Letter of application
See Applying to the Program for application packets and details on the requirements and deadlines.
With your advisor's permission, you may apply to your degree as many as two courses (no more than eight graduate credits) from other accredited graduate programs.
Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Anne Aronson, Helen Correll, Craig Hansen, (Technical Communication Program Director), Maythee Kantar, Kathryn Kelly, Ed Lee, Alison McGhee, Brian Nerney, Becky Omdahl, Erica Rasmussen, Victoria Sadler, Shannon Skarphol Kaml, Gail Smogard, Suzanne Walfoort, and Kathy Wellington.
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