• Course Delivery
    80% to 99% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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.

Rapidly advancing technology increases the need to communicate complex technical information effectively to audiences and users. Technical communicators use technology to create resources including UX, user manuals, online help, websites, training materials, and product specification in STEM related industries.  

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communication explores topics in general 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 core knowledge, skills, and professional practices necessary for entry-level technical communicators.

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

  • Technical editor/writer
  • Technical content manager
  • Documentation specialist
  • Usability/user experience analyst
  • Technical trainer
  • Instructional designer
  • Medical writer

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)  
  • Portfolio Preparation (1 credit hour)

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

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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


  • OLS 37100Project Management 3 Credits
  • TCM 23000Principles and Practices of Technical Communication 3 Credits
  • TCM 24000Tools for Technical Communication3 Credits
  • TCM 31000 Technical and Scientific Editing3 Credits
  • TCM 43500 Portfolio Preparation 1 Credits
  • TCM 18000Exploring Intercultural Technical Communication3 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 42500Managing Document Quality3 Credits
  • TCM 45000Research Approaches for Technical & Professional Communication 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $293.16
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $879.48
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1015.90
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3047.70

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

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