The Master of Science in Technical Communication requires a minimum of 33 semester credit hours. This includes a choice of final experience tracks. All students must complete a graduation portfolio the semester they intend to graduate.
Courses taken for theory, application or research requirements cannot count for dual credit as an elective. Students may take TCOM 6360 Special Topics course twice for elective credit, provided the topics and learning outcomes differ.
Required Core Courses - 6 Hours
Theory Courses - 3 Hours
Application Courses - 3 Hours
Research Courses - 3 Hours
Electives - 12 Hours
Students may also petition to add no more than two graduate courses to this list from the following options:
Final Experience (complete one of the following options)
Students with a GPA below 3.0 will not be permitted to enroll in TCOM 6391, TCOM 6392, TCOM 6094, or TCOM 6099. Students with a GPA below 3.0 are permitted to enroll in TCOM 6390 if they are concurrently enrolled in another credit-bearing MSTC course.
6 hours in Thesis Track: after having completed at least 15 semester credit hours in the MSTC program, complete TCOM 6390 Direct Research and
TCOM 6391 Thesis.
6 hours in Capstone Track: after having completed at least 15 semester credit hours in the MSTC program, complete TCOM 6380 Field Experience and
TCOM 6392 Capstone Project.
6 hours in Exam Track: after having completed at least 18 semester credit hours in the MSTC program, complete an additional elective from the list of courses enumerated under the “Electives” area, above, TCOM 6390 Directed Research, and TCOM 6094 Final Comprehensive Examination, during which the student must pass a test based on a reading list distributed prior to the examination.
- 6 hours for Seminar Paper Track: after having completed at least 18 semester credit hours in the MSTC program, register for TCOM 6095 Graduate Seminar Paper and complete six semester credit hours of additional electives that require seminar papers from the list of courses enumerated under the Electives area, above.
- TCOM 6099: Technical Communication Graduate Portfolio