Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Science in Technical Communication

Program Description:
Because of the rapid changes in technology, particularly in relation to information systems, there is an immediate and growing need for highly trained professional communicators to design information. Employers are looking for communicators with sophisticated skills in written, spoken, and visual communication. Faculty involved in a variety of technical communication research projects teach in this program.

Please note: All of your courses will be either online synchronous (with live meetings in Adobe Connect or some other virtual environment) or online asynchronous (with recorded lectures and submission of work online through a learning management system). On rare occasions, you may have to come to campus for degree-related business; although, if necessary, we can usually find ways around a campus visit.

The following 10 courses (totaling 30 credit hours) are required.

  • TCH COM 5620: Research Methods in Technical Communication 
  • TCH COM 4520: Help Authoring 
  • TCH COM 5510: Technical Editing 
  • TCH COM 5530: Usability Studies 
  • TCH COM 5610: History of Technical Communication 
  • TCH COM 6600: Foundations of Technical Communication 
  • TCH COM 5560: Web-Based Communication 
  • TCH COM 5450: International Technical Communication 
  • TCH COM 6440: Advanced Theories of Visual Technical Communication
  • TCH COM 5550: Advanced Proposal Writing 

Other courses may be substituted for the above courses with departmental approval. Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students

A student completing our online master’s degree must also take a comprehensive exam during his/her final semester. 

Online Graduate Minor in Technical Communication

A Missouri S&T graduate student who is pursuing an MS or a PhD in any discipline other than technical communication may complete four 5000- or 6000-level courses with a TCH COM designation and receive a graduate minor in technical communication

  • Technical communication is interdisciplinary in nature; therefore, the program will consider an applicant who has a bachelor's degree in almost any field, such as science, engineering, humanities, communication, journalism, or information technology.
  • Although there is no minimum GRE score required for admission, the applicant must have a GRE score, The applicant's GRE score and GPA will be factored into the admission decision.
  • The department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), and 79 (IBT). An IELTS score of at least 650 may be accepted in place of TOEFL scores. A student who has not taken the TOEFL or IELTS may be admitted provisionally and required to take the TOEFL before the end of his/her first semester.

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Graduate Certificates
Graduate certificate programs are a great way to start earning college credit toward a graduate degree. The GRE is not required to enter a certificate program. If you complete a certificate program with a grade of B or better in all core courses, you may be accepted into the corresponding master's degree program without taking the GRE*.

Technical Communication Graduate Certificate offered.

*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.


Courses are delivered over the Internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

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