Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

Department of English and Technical Communication

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Program Description:

The graduate certificate in technical communication serves current Missouri S&T graduate students in any discipline; individuals who already have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are seeking to add value to their degrees; and current industry employees who need to hone their communication skills to remain competitive in the market and better serve their employers.


The Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication is open to all persons holding a Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. degree in a relevant humanities, social science, science, or engineering field who wish to take the four courses required to obtain the certificate. Once admitted to the program, the student must maintain an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses in order to receive the graduate certificate. The Department of English and Technical Communication will serve as the home department for students applying for the graduate certificate in Technical Communication. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, upon application, will be admitted to the M.S. degree program in Technical Communication.  Students admitted to a graduate certificate program will have non-degree student status, but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the M.S. Technical Communication program will apply toward their master's degree. Once admitted to a certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he or she maintains at least a B average in the courses taken.

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TECH COM 5510: Technical Editing
TECH COM 5550: Advanced Proposal Writing
TECH COM 5530: Usability Studies
TECH COM 5560: Web-Based Communication

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Course Descriptions:

Course description can be found in the catalog at

Graduate Degree:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Technical Communication (MS)

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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