Master of Science in Technical Communication

Become a highly trained technical communicator with a master's degree in Technical Communication.  This graduate program provides a comprehensive curriculum that enhances written, oral and visual communication skills.

As a technical communicator, you have the ability to bridge the gap between technical experts and the users of technology. There is a wide variety of jobs available in this field,  including content developers, technical editors and writers, usability specialists and web designers. 

Thesis and non-thesis options available. The thesis degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework (24 credit hours of coursework from the list of courses below, in addition to 3 hours of TCH COM 6600 and 6 hours of TCH COM 5099).  The non-thesis degree  requires 30 credit hours of coursework. 

Required Course:

  • TCH COM 6600: Foundations of Technical Communication.

The remaining courses should come from the following list and should be determined in consultation with the student’s academic advisors. Students must take 3 TCH COM courses at the 6000 level.

  • TCH COM 5001 Special Topics (Experimental course offering, TBD)
  • TCH COM 5510 Technical Editing
  • TCH COM 5520 Help Authoring
  • TCH COM 5530 Usability Studies
  • TCH COM 5540 Advanced Layout and Design
  • TCH COM 5550 Advance Proposal Writing
  • TCH COM 5560 Web-Based Communication
  • TCH COM 5610 History of Technical Communication
  • TCH COM 5620 Research Methods in Technical Communication
  • TCH COM 6001 Special Topics (Experimental course offering, TBD)
  • TCH COM 6070 Teaching of Technical Communication
  • TCH COM 6410 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
  • TCH COM 6420 Project Management in Technical Communication
  • TCH COM 6440 Advanced Theories of Visual Technical Communication
  • TCH COM 6450 Advanced International Technical Communication


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field such as science, engineering, humanities, communication, journalism, or information technology.
  • Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0
  • International requirement: TOEFL ≥ 79,  or IELTS ≥ 6.5, or satisfactory completion of an approved English language Institute program.

Graduate Certificates

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Start earning college credit toward a graduate degree. The GRE is not required to enter a certificate program, and credit earned may be applied toward your master’s degree.*

Graduate Certificate Program

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Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Check with the academic department for program specific details and requirements. Learn more about the certificate to master's program.

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English & Technical Communication

Dr. Edward Malone
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Missouri University of
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Rolla, MO 65409-0560
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