Since 1977 the University of Minnesota has offered a master’s degree in technical communication. Ours is one of the oldest and most highly respected programs of its kind in the country.
Much of our success is tied to the Department of Writing Studies’ nationally recognized research and leadership in technical communication:
Departmental faculty have served as editors of the journals Technical Communication Quarterly and Written Communication
Our faculty are responsible for major textbooks, scholarly books, and leading articles in the field.
M.S. in S&TC faculty and instructors have prominent roles in national and local disciplinary communities.
Offered at the University’s campus in Minneapolis, at the center of the science and technology hub of the state and region, many Writing Studies courses are taught in the late afternoons or evenings to accommodate working students, and other courses are available online.
We also offer a graduate certificate in technical communication, which can be earned by taking half the required credits of the M.S.
Technical communicators must be able to work with complex material and in an environment where most information is digitized and produced using complex information management software. Technical communication is a profession requiring education and expertise in technical content development, information design and architecture, visual communication, research, and usability.
Approximate number of positions held by technical communicators: 50,000.*
Top technical communication industries:
US News & World Report Money named Technical Writer as one of the best 50 careers for 2010, and predicted strong growth in the field over the next decade.
While employment of writers and editors generally is predicted to rise in line with the overall national employment average, opportunities are best for writers with training in specialized fields. That's why M.S. students complete 21 credits in technical communication and 12 credits of graduate work in a related field.
Demand for technical writers with expertise in fields such as engineering, computer science, journalism, law, medicine, or economics is based on the growth of scientific and technical information and the increasing need to communicate it to others.
Download an overview of the M.S. and Certificate Programs [PDF].