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Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication

  • Delivery: 
    Partially Online
  • Cost: 
    Part time, per credit $1,320.34 (resident), $2,042.34 (non-resident); full-time, per credit $7,922.00 (resident), $12,254.00 (non-resident)
  • Total credits: 
  • Credential: 
    Graduate Degree
  • Application deadlines: 
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    College of Liberal Arts
  • Department: 
    Writing Studies

The M.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication prepares students for local and global careers in online design and social media, software/hardware documentation, information architecture, medical communication, environmental communication, and human-computer interface design. Enjoying a national reputation, the program includes seven courses (21 credits) in the Department of Writing Studies and three courses (9 credits) in an outside competency area that may also be fulfilled by graduate-level minor.

Sample Program Plan

To complete in two years:

  • Five courses in year one (all online) include an introduction to the field, writing with digital technologies, information design, international professional communication, and editing and style
  • Five courses in year two include the competency area (three courses); either usability and human factors or grant and proposal management (1), plus a final professional practice capstone course (1).

If a student has previously completed the graduate certificate in technical communication (year one courses), all five courses transfer to this M.S. program.

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Sample Courses

  • WRIT 4431 Intersections of Scientific and Technical Communication and Law
  • WRIT 4501 Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication
  • WRIT 4562 International Professional Communication
  • WRIT 4573W Writing Proposals and Grant Management
  • WRIT 4662W Writing with Digital Technologies
  • WRIT 4664W Science Writing for Popular Audiences
  • WRIT 5001 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication
  • WRIT 5112 Information Design: Theory and Practice
  • WRIT 5270 Writing for Publication
  • WRIT 5561 Editing and Style for Technical Communicators
  • WRIT 5671 Visual Rhetoric
  • WRIT 8505 Professional Practice Capstone Course

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for eligible students. Contact One Stop for additional information on financial aid.

Career Outlook

Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and by growth in web-based product support. Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good.

United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics