Why Technical Communication?
The Master of Science in Technical Communication is designed to help students improve the technical communication skills needed in today’s diverse workplace, across a variety of disciplines and professions.
Technical communication is a well-established field with a broad range of career opportunities. There is an ongoing need for expert communications professionals who can convey technical information to various types of audiences in different formats. Our online master’s degree is designed to improve your technical communication skills needed in today’s diverse workplace and provide you the opportunity to use those skills across a variety of disciplines and professions. With three concentrations to choose from, this graduate degree in technical communication can help advance your career in technical communication as a technical writer, usability expert, content strategist, or technical trainer.
- Gain both practical knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of theory
- Choose from three concentrations to specialize your focus
- Industry-aligned faculty with in-depth topic knowledge
- The online format provides flexibility and an interactive experience for working professionals
- Classes run all year. You can start the program when it is convenient for you: fall, winter, spring, or summer
- Strengthen your ability to write clear and accurate technical information
- Learn how to create end-user and developer documentation
- Build on your editing skills to effectively edit both your work and the work of others
- Understand the legal, ethical, and cultural issues pertaining to technical communication
- Become familiar with the latest tools in the technical communication workplace
- Discover how to design and create technical information for specific audiences
- Acquire usability, user experience, instructional design, and content strategy techniques that are often required in this increasingly diverse field
- Learn the nature and practical application of working within globally dispersed teams
As companies diversify the way they convey technical and scientific information, technical communicators who can successfully convey this information to the people who need it enjoy solid job prospects. According to a study by the American Association of American Colleges and Universities, 89 percent of prospective employers value effective written and oral communication skills more than any other skill. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that employment of technical writers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, primarily due to the continuing expansion of scientific and technical information as well as the growing presence of customer service and web-based product support networks.
Unique Transfer Credit Opportunities
About the Certified Professional Technical Communication-Foundation Opportunity:
Why consider a graduate degree from Northeastern University? We recognize the knowledge and competencies demonstrated by those earning their Certified Professional Technical Communicator-Foundation through the Society of Technical Communication. As a result, Certified Professional Technical Communicators have the unique opportunity to accelerate through the Master of Science in Technical Communication program by applying this credential in exchange for transfer credit.
Successful applicants with their Certified Professional Technical Communicator-Foundation:
- Will receive 4 quarter hours of transfer credit - an 8% savings in tuition
- Will complete only 4 required courses rather than 5
- Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: TCC 6100 Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
What you'll study
46 total quarter hours required.
The following course should be taken last:
Choose a combination of 8-10 quarter hours of electives from the list below and any courses from the concentration course lists:
If students prefer to focus their studies on a particular concentration, they may select 16-18 quarter hours from one of the concentrations and complement their studies with 8-10 quarter hours of elective courses, to meet the minimum 46-hour degree requirement.
Students are not required to complete a concentration. Any combination of 26 quarter hours from concentration and elective courses will satisfy degree requirements
Complete four of the following:
Choose any combination of the following courses to complete 16 quarter hours: