The Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication is a 15-credit hour program which can be taken completely online and is taught by full-time faculty at Missouri Western State University. The program is designed for people currently working in industry, government, non-profit, or other professional settings to gain graduate-level experience with the many facets of technical communication, including practice with day-to-day workplace writing, writing for management and supervision, writing for digital environments, grant and proposal writing, and editing. Graduates will be more competitive as technical and professional writers and will be well-positioned for career advancement or further graduate study. The program can be completed in a single academic year but is flexible.

Job 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

Program Name: Technical Communication – Graduate Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 1 Year (15 Credit Hours).

This program will cost $6,745.05 if completed within normal time for in-state students and $11,005.05 for out-of-state students. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. 

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with NA of debt.  Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. Average debt has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of these students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa

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Last Updated June 20, 2019

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Certificate Requirements
ETC 508Technical Editing3
ENG 540Writing for Management and Supervision3
ETC 600Technical Communications Theory and Practice3
ETC 630Documenting Procedures3
EPR 620Proposal and Grant Writing3
Total Credit Hours15

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program may be found here.

Are you ready to declare a program of study? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the program director.

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