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Technology, MS | (Technical Communication)

Master of Science in Technology

This graduate degree is awarded by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI is administered by Indiana University.

Technical communication involves gathering technical, scientific, mechanical, chemical, legal, medical, procedural, or other specialized knowledge and shaping it for a targeted audience in a form that's accurate and easy to understand and use. With the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and knowledge, the need for highly qualified technical communicators is predicted to grow by 11 percent by 2026, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Master of Science in Technology with a Technical Communication Concentration explores topics such as communication design processes, usability of user documentation, visual technical communication, effective technical writing, and applied research approaches.

As a student in the program, you create effective technical communication in a variety of media and contexts, analyze audiences, design communication products, edit, analyze user tasks, create visual technical communication, interview for information, evaluate the effectiveness of technical communication, and manage technical communication projects.

Your IU Online MS in Technology with a Technical Communication Concentration prepares you for such careers as:

  • Technical writer 
  • Technical communicator 
  • Technical editor 
  • Usability specialist 
  • Web designer 
  • Content developer  
  • Technical trainer 
  • Technical communication manager 
  • Technical communication instructor 

Degree Requirements

To earn the MS in Technology with a Concentration in Technical Communication, you will complete 33 credit hours. You may choose one of two options: Directed Project or Courses Only.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Required Core MS in Technology Courses (9 credit hours)

The core courses will help you understand quantitative and qualitative data-guided decision-making principles in industry and technology. They also build relevant skills in project management and communication. 

  • Required Technical Communication Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)

The Technical Communication Concentration requires three graduate courses, listed below.

  • Related Electives (15 credit hours) 

You may choose five relevant elective courses in consultation with your advisor. 

Some courses for this graduate program are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability. It is possible to fulfill all of the degree requirements with online courses.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree in technology or a related field with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (400 words)
  • Resume (highly recommended)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only) 



CIT 50700

-OR- OLS 50701

Measurement & Evaluation in Industry & Technology 

-OR- Quantitative Analysis & Analytics for Leaders 


3 Credits

TECH 50801

-OR- TCM 51000

-OR- OLS 50310

Quality and Productivity in Industry & Technology

-OR- Effective Workplace Technical Communication

-OR- Mixed Methods Research

3 Credits
OLS 57100 Advanced Project Management in Technology  3 Credits
TCM 53000 Advanced Visual Technical Communication 3 Credits
TCM 54000 Advanced Managing Document Quality 3 Credits
TCM 55000 Advanced Research Approaches for Technical & Professional Communication 3 Credits
OLS 50100 Leadership and Ethics 3 Credits
OLS 53010 Mixed Methods Research 3 Credits
OLS 56300 Sustainable Practices in Business & Industry in the European Union 3 Credits
OLS 57400 Managerial Training and Development 3 Credits
OLS 58000 Interpersonal Skills for Leaders 3 Credits
OLS 58100 Workshop in OLS (for Independent Study courses) 1-6 Credits
OLS 58200 Leadership and Organizational Change 3 Credits
OLS 58300 Coaching and Mentoring in Organizations 3 Credits
OLS 59800 Directed MS Project 1-6 Credits
TCM 50500 Preparing for Career Transitions: Creating an ePortfolio (in approval process) 3 Credits
TCM 52000 Teaching Technical and Professional Communication 3 Credits
TCM 56000 Engineering and Scientific Communication in Academic Contexts (in approval process) 2-3 Credits

Find course descriptions with our Search Schedule of Classes/Courses tool.

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $485.50
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1,456.50

Additional fees will apply.

-Rate is determined by program of enrollment. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $655.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1,965.00