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;
- 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.
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.
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.
We encourage those considering the Technical Communication program to arrange an informational interview with the program director before submitting an application. Please contact the MS in Technical Communication program director at email@example.com.
- Apply rhetorical theory and professional ethics to the analysis and creation of visual and written products.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the complexities of communicating information across cultural boundaries.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the research and theory behind technical communication principles.
- Demonstrate use and understanding of digital technologies at a level appropriate for student’s needs and goals.
- Analyze multiple dimensions of a communications challenge and offer alternative solutions.