Online Master of Science in Technical Communication

Earning a technical communication master’s degree empowers students to communicate with a variety of audiences through print and digital media. It also provides an understanding of professional, cultural and ethical issues shaping the field. In this degree, you’ll benefit from a flexible curriculum tailored to your specific career goals.

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Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 12

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 36

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What is technical communication?

Technical communication involves creating documents and resources that convey information in a more suitable format for its intended audience and purpose. The term technical communication entails design, management, writing and other techniques for producing a variety of content types. A master’s in technical communication facilitates growth in the field or in new roles. This degree is suitable for current and future writers, editors, designers and researchers.

What advanced skills and experience will I earn in this online technical communication degree?

 

The technical communication master’s degree focuses on topics like analysis, problem-solving, research and technology use. Throughout this degree, you’ll build experience and transferable skills in diverse areas, such as:

  • Data visualization. 
  • Content strategy and management.
  • Global communication across cultures.
  • Social media.
  • User experience.
  • Visual communication.

You can also enhance your expertise in specific areas of interest. You can focus your coursework on specialized topics ranging from data visualization to grant writing and beyond. This program culminates in the creation of an applied project, capstone or thesis that’s relevant to your own personal and professional goals.

Technical communication master’s degree courses

An assortment of electives allow you to map out your own journey for the master’s in technical communication. You’ll also complete a capstone, an applied project or thesis where you’ll apply your learning through research and the creation of a written and designed deliverable. Examples of courses include:


Elective course

Fundamentals of Technical Communication


Core course

Applied Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Core course

Research in Technical and Applied Communication


Core course

Research Design and Development


Elective

Principles of Visual Communication


Elective

Visualizing Data & Information


Elective

Principles of Web Authoring


Elective

Social Media in the Workplace


What jobs require technical communication skills?

Technical skills developed in this program are applicable to several careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. As the demand for individuals proficient in digital communication strategies continues to rise, those with a master’s in technical communication have more opportunities to pursue specialized paths such as:

Content developer and manager.

Editor.

Grant or proposal writer.

Information developer.

Social media specialist.

Technical writer.

Web designer.

Respected educators known for their contributions to the field

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows. 
  • American Psychological Association fellows. 
  • Fulbright scholars. 
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Respected educators known for their contributions to the field

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows. 
  • American Psychological Association fellows. 
  • Fulbright scholars. 
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Technical communication master’s degree online admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in technical communication program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

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