Master of Science in Technical Communication

The Department of English and Technical Communication offers both an on-campus (traditional) and online Master of Science in Technical Communication.

Traditional

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.

Online

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.

Degree requirements

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.

  • TCH COM 5001 Special Topics
  • 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 Advanced 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
  • 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

Click here for catalog descriptions of these courses.

 

Departmental Contact

 

Dr. David Wright
218 Humanities-Social Sciences
Missouri University of
Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409-0560
phone: (573) 341-4681
email: wrightmd@mst.edu
Web:  english.mst.edu