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Technical Communication

Undergraduate Certificate

This undergraduate certificate is awarded by Purdue University at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI is administered by Indiana University.

*Courses for this certificate programs are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability.

Technical communication is the process of gathering scientific, mechanical, chemical, legal, economic, medical, procedural, or other specialized information and presenting it to a targeted audience in a clear, useful, accurate, comprehensive, grammatically correct, and easily understandable form.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communication explores topics in general technical communication, visual technical communication, editing, applications of technical communication, and career development. You learn to gather and transform technical knowledge for a variety of audiences as you design, develop, and edit effective, usable publications using sound communication principles and current technology. As a student in the program, you acquire the knowledge, skills, and professional practices needed to become an entry-level technical communicator.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communication prepares you for such careers as:

  • Technical communicator 
  • Technical writer 
  • Technical content specialist 
  • Documentation specialist 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communication, you must complete 19 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Technical communication core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Technical communication elective courses (6 credit hours)  
  • Career Planning OR Portfolio Preparation (1 credit hour) 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
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 application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:  

        IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
        Cavanaugh Hall 147 
        425 University Boulevard 
        Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • TCM 23000 -or- TCM 22000Principles and Practices of Technical Communication -or- Technical Report Writing3 Credits
  • TCM 24000Tools for Technical Communication3 Credits
  • TCM 25000 -or- TCM 43500Career Planning in Engineering and Technology -or- Portfolio Preparation1 Credits
  • TCM 31000 Technical and Scientific Editing3 Credits
  • TCM 32000Written Communication in Science and Industry 3 Credits
  • TCM 35000Visual Technical Communication3 Credits
  • TCM 38000 Technical Communication in the Healthcare Professions3 Credits
  • TCM 39500 Independent Study3 Credits
  • TCM 42000Field Experience3 Credits
  • TCM 42500Managing Document Quality3 Credits
  • TCM 45000Research Approaches for Technical & Professional Communication 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $275.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

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    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.