Graduate Certificate Programs

Technical Communication

Department of English and Technical Communication  

Program Description:
The Department of English and Technical Communication serves as the home department for students applying for the graduate certificate in technical communication. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, upon application, will be admitted to the MS degree program in technical communication.  Students admitted to a graduate certificate program will have non-degree student status, but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS technical communication program will apply toward their master's degree. Once admitted to a certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he or she earns at least a B in the courses taken.

Please note that live participation (synchronous meetings) is required for many of the technical communication courses.

The following courses are required:

  • TCH COM 5510: Technical Editing
  • TCH COM 5550: Proposal Writing
  • TCH COM 5530: Usability Studies
  • TCH COM 5560: Web-Based Communication

One transfer course may be accepted toward the certificate, if reviewed and approved by the Director of Technical Communication and the department chair.

*Curriculum is subject to change. Other courses approved by the director and department chair may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis.

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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TCH COM 5510: Technical Editing
The principles and practices of technical editing, including usability, audience analysis, contextual editing, the conventions of scientific and technical communication, and the role of the editor in document development and publication. Students will also learn standard practices of copy editing and the use of style guides.

TCH COM 5550: Advanced Proposal Writing
Familiarizes graduate students with many aspects of writing proposals for various purposes in academic, professional, and public spheres. Offers opportunities to write documents to promote their academic, professional, or personal goals or those of their organization(s).

TCH COM 5530: Usability Studies
Students in this course will study and apply methods used by technical communicators to evaluate usability. Students will study methods used to evaluate human interaction with communication tools and how to make those products more suitable for human use.

TCH COM 5560: Web-Based Communication
A study of selected tools, strategies, and genres used to communicate via the World Wide Web. Emphasis on the communication of technical information.

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The technical communication certificate program is open to all persons holding a bachelor's, master's, or PhD degree in a relevant humanities, social science, science, or engineering field who wish to take the four courses required to obtain the certificate. Once admitted to the program, the student must maintain an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses in order to receive the graduate certificate.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure Program

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)


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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Technical Communication (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*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. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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English & Technical Communication

Dr. Ed Malone

English & Technical Communication
222 Humanities-Social Sciences
Missouri University of
Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409-0560

Phone: (573) 341-4625


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