Technical Communication, MS
A proliferation of new technologies and applications has heightened the call for professionals who can communicate complex technical ideas succinctly and articulately. In response, Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies offers the Master of Science in Technical Communication.
This online master’s degree is designed to improve your technical communication skills and to provide you with a foundation for applying those skills across a variety of contexts. With three concentrations from which to choose—computer industry writing, social media and online communities, or usability/user experience—this graduate degree in technical communication seeks to prepare you for a rewarding career as a technical writer, editor, tool expert, or technical trainer.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|TCC 6100||Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing||4|
|TCC 6102||Editing Technical Content||4|
|TCC 6110||Information Architecture||4|
|TCC 6120||Usability and User Experience||4|
|The following course should be taken last:|
|TCC 6850||Technical Communications Capstone Project||4|
If students prefer to focus their studies on a particular concentration, they may select 16–18 quarter hours from one of the concentrations below and complement their studies with 8–10 quarter hours of elective courses (listed at the end of the curriculum) to meet the minimum 46-quarter-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.
|Concentration in Computer Industry Writing|
|Complete four of the following:||16|
|Writing for the Computer Industry|
|Advanced Writing for the Computer Industry|
|Managing Technical Publications|
|Concentration in Social Media and Online Communities|
|TCC 6710||Content Strategy||4|
|Complete 12–14 quarter hours from the following:||12-14|
|Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era|
|Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance|
|Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities|
|Interactive Marketing Fundamentals|
|Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation|
|Concentration in Usability/User Experience|
|Choose any combination of the following courses to complete 16 quarter hours:||16|
|Web Accessibility for Technical Communicators|
|Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media|
|Collecting User Data|
|Information Design for the Web|
|Choose a combination of 8–10 quarter hours of electives from the list below and any concentration courses above:||8-10|
|Instructional Design for Technical Communicators|
|Introduction to XML|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
46 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required