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The Department of English and Technical Communication offers both an on-campus (traditional) and online Master of Science in Technical Communication.
Most of your courses will be traditional "classroom" courses that require you, your classmates and your teacher to come to campus at specified times and meet for lectures, discussions and other activities. Some of your courses, however, will be completely online. We believe that a technical communication student needs to learn how to function successfully in online environments.
If you choose this option, 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 on Blackboard). 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.
This MS degree has a non-thesis option (at least 30 credit hours) and a thesis option (at least 33 credit hours).
Non-thesis: The student must complete TCH COM 6600 Foundations of Technical Communication (3 credit hours) and nine more courses (27 credit hours) from the list below. Two of the additional nine courses must be at the 6000 level.
Thesis: The student must complete TCH COM 6600 Foundations of Technical Communication (3 credit hours), TCH COM 5099 Research (6 credit hours), and seven more courses (24 credit hours) from the list below. At least one of the additional seven courses must be at the 6000 level. The student must also write and defend a thesis as part of the work for TCH COM 5099.
Click here for catalog descriptions of these courses.