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Certificate in Technical Communication (TCOM)

If you are seeking an entry-level position as a technical communicator in a broad range of fields, the Certificate in Technical Communication is for you.

What can I study?

The program consists of 12 credit hours of coursework (four courses).

  • COM 525 User Experience Research and Evaluation
  • COM 528 Document Design OR
  • COM 424 Document Design
  • COM 529 Technical Editing OR
  • COM 425 Editing

One of the following:

  • COM 530 Standards-Based Web Design
  • COM 428 Verbal and Visual Communication
  • COM 435 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 523 Communicating Science

What can I do after graduation?

You can work as a technical communicator in such industries as industry, manufacturing, health care, publishing and advertising, and government agencies.

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What requirements exist for admittance?

You must have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 and must be admitted as a graduate certificate student. Certificate students who later apply to one of the department’s M.S. programs or the Ph.D. program must meet the admission guidelines for that program. All coursework taken toward a certificate in technical communication or in instructional design and passed with a grade of "B" or better may also be applied to the M.S. in Technical Communication and Information Design or the M.S. in Information Architecture (if you’re admitted to one of those programs), as long as those courses were not applied to another degree.

How can I learn more?

Get in touch: For more information contact Matt Bauer, director of graduate studies, or call our office at 312.567.3465.

Plan a visit: Come visit us on campus! Our office is located at 218 Siegel Hall, 3301 S. Dearborn, in Chicago, IL 60616.

Apply: To get started on your application visit admissions.