Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

MS in Technology - Technical Communication

Degree Requirements

In earning the MS in Technology with a focus on Technical Communication (TCM), you will complete three required core courses designed to help you understand quantitative and qualitative data-driven decision-making in industry and technology and to develop relevant skills in project management.

You will complete an additional 24 credit hours to finish the degree. 

TCM Courses

Housed in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication (TLC), the TCM focus offers:

We are also developing several other courses, currently offered with the designation OLS 58100 in the IUPUI Schedule of Classes. The titles of these planned online courses include:

  • Effective Workplace Technical Communication
  • Preparing for Career Transitions: Creating an ePortfolio

Employment Opportunities

Students completing the MS Technology graduate program with concentrations in one of the TCM focus areas work as:

  • Technical Writer/Communicator
  • Technical Editor
  • Usability Specialist
  • Web Designer
  • Multimedia Content Developer 
  • Technical Trainer
  • Technical Communication Manager
  • Technical Communication Instructor

Graduate courses in TCM can also supplement many areas of professional work including Business Administration, Project Management, Law, Health Administration, as well as a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines.

Plan of Study
Each Master’s degree plan of study consists of a primary area and a related area. Your plan of study can be customized to your interests and goals. 

Required Primary Core MS in Technology Courses (9 credit hours)
TECH 50700 Measurement and Evaluation in Industry and Technology
TECH 50801 Quality and Productivity in Industry and Technology
OLS 57100 Advanced Project Management in Technology

Related Area of Study (24 credit hours)
At least six of the remaining 24 required credit hours must come from the TCM focus area courses. You may select the remaining credit hours from the Technology Leadership and Communication. Department or from other departments with the approval of your graduate advisor.

The MS in Technology degree has two options: Directed Project or Courses-Only.

Courses Only Option Directed Project + Courses Option
  • 24 credit hours of courses (Eight courses beyond the required core, selected to relate to Leadership)
  • 21 credit hours of courses (seven courses beyond the required core, selected to relate to Leadership)
  • Directed Project (3 credit hours)

For more information about the Directed Project, see the Appendix A of the graduate program handbook.

For information about applying to MS in Technology with a focus in TCM, visit this page.

If you have questions, contact Dr. Marjorie Rush Hovde, Director of the Technology Leadership and Communication Graduate Program, at