Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

MS in Technology (33 credit hours)

Technical Communication Concentration

Career Opportunities

Students earning the MS in Technology (MST) graduate degree with a Concentration in Technical Communication (TCM) work as:

  • Technical Writer/Communicators
  • Technical Editors
  • Usability Specialists
  • Web Designers
  • Multimedia Content Developers
  • Technical Trainers
  • Technical Communication Managers
  • Technical Communication Instructors

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.

The TCM Concentration is housed in the Department of Technology Leadership & Communication within the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI. The MST degree is awarded through Purdue University.

Degree Requirements

In earning the MST with a Concentration in TCM, you will complete courses in three areas:  The Core, the TCM Concentration, and relevant electives, as detailed below.

Core MST Courses (9 credit hours)

The MST degree requires three core courses (nine credit hours) designed to help you understand quantitative and qualitative data-guided decision-making in industry and technology and to develop crucial skills in project management. These courses include

TCM Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)

The TCM Concentration requires these three courses:

Relevant Electives (15 credit hours)

In the electives area, you will select five relevant courses in consultation with your advisor.

You can choose from among other TCM courses including

All TCM courses are available online.  (Courses in the approval process will be offered under the OLS 581 designation until final approval.)

Your electives can be customized to your interests and goals. In addition to TCM courses, you can select relevant graduate electives in Organizational Leadership (OLS), Computer and Information Technology (CIT), Informatics (INFO), and/or other relevant schools on the IUPUI campus.

The MST degree offers 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 TCM)
  • 21 credit hours of courses (seven courses beyond the required core, selected to relate to TCM)
  • 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 TCM Concentration, visit this page.

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