• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    33
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $462.25
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $620.25

Technology, MS | (Technical Communication)

Master of Science in Technology

This master's degree is awarded by Purdue University 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, 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 Concentration in Technical Communication explores topics such as communication design processes, usability of user documentation, visual technical communication, effective technical communication, 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 products, and manage technical communication projects.

Your IU Online MS in Technology with a Concentration in Technical Communication 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 graduate with 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:

Directed Project Option

  • MS Tech core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Technical communication concentration courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Directed project (3 credit hours) 

Courses Only Option

  • MS Tech core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Technical communication concentration courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (15 credit hours) 

*Some courses for this graduate program are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability.


Courses

Core
  • The below are of core and concentration courses. Credits
  • OLS 53010Mixed Methods Research (core course)3 Credits
  • OLS 57100 Advanced Project Management (core course)3 Credits
  • TCM 51000 Effective Workplace Technical Communication (core course - in approval process)3 Credits
  • TCM 53000 Advanced Visual Technical Communication (concentration course)3 Credits
  • TCM 54000 Advanced Managing Document Quality (concentration course)3 Credits
  • TCM 55000 Advanced Research Approaches for Technical & Professional Communication (concentration course)3 Credits
  • TECH 50700 Measurement and Evaluation in Industry and Technology (core course)3 Credits
  • TECH 50801Quality and Productivity in Industry and Technology (core course)3 Credits
Elective
  • OLS 50100 Leadership and Ethics 3 Credits
  • OLS 53010Mixed Methods Research3 Credits
  • OLS 56300Sustainable Practices in Business & Industry in the European Union 3 Credits
  • OLS 57400Managerial Training and Development3 Credits
  • OLS 58000Interpersonal Skills for Leaders 3 Credits
  • OLS 58100 Workshop in OLS (for Independent Study courses)1-6 Credits
  • OLS 58200Leadership 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 51000Effective Workplace Technical Communication (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

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $462.25
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1386.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $620.25
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1860.75
Note: 

Additional fees will apply.

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