This graduate certificate 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 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, 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
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:
A bachelor's degree in technology or a related field with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
To apply to this program:
Complete an online application that includes:
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose (400 words)
- Resume (highly recommended)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)
- Fall priority date for financial aid
- January 2
- Fall (applicants outside continental USA)
- May 1
- Fall (applicants within continental USA)
- July 1
- Spring (applicants outside continental USA)
- September 1
- Spring (applicants within continental USA)
- November 1
- Summer (non-international applicants)
- April 1
This course may be substituted with TCM 51000 or TECH 50801.
This course may be substituted with OLS 53010 or TECH 50801.
This course may be substituted with OLS 53010 or TCM 51000.
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $420.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1260.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $1275.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $3825.00
Additional fees will apply.
-Rate is determined by program of enrollment.
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