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Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Architecture

In world increasingly dependent on technology, organizations are looking for employees with the skills to effectively communicate using a variety of technology platforms. The Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Architecture (TCIA) will prepare you to structure and deliver information for the best possible user experience across desktop and mobile technologies.

In the TCIA program, you will take courses on enhanced technical communication core and develop specialized concepts, skills, and tools for designing, implementing, and managing web applications and digital media.

Students in the program come from a range of backgrounds, including design, English, and library science, providing you with a vibrant community and classroom discussions informed by a variety of perspectives.

Upon completion of the TCIA program, you will be equipped with the expertise for a number of tasks relevant to mid-level and advanced positions in the workplace, including web application design, digital media project management, information architecture, and user experience testing and evaluation.

Program at a Glance

The TCIA program at Illinois Tech requires a total of 33 credit hours. Students attending full-time (9 credit hours) typically complete their M.S. degrees in two years. Part-time students (3-6 credit hours) regularly finish in less than three years.

TCIA core (18 credit hours)
Electives (minimum of 9 credit hours)
Project or thesis (minimum of 3 credit hours)
Project review or thesis exam

If you will be preparing for a career in industry, you are encouraged to take the project option. If you have the intention of preparing for a Ph.D., the thesis option is encouraged.

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Sample Courses

After Graduation

Graduates from the TCIA program have gone onto successful careers in web design and development, quality assurance, content strategy, social media and marketing, as well as user experience and interface design.

Admissions Guidelines

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0.

In addition to an application form, you must submit the following:

  1. Professional statement discussing your professional and academic preparation and goals.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can evaluate your potential for graduate-level work.
  3. Official transcripts, or certified copies thereof, of all academic work at the college level or above.
  4. Required test scores.

You are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with minimum scores of 144 in quantitative reasoning and 153 in verbal reasoning, and an analytical writing score of at least 3.0.

If you are an international student you must submit TOEFL scores unless you are exempt as specified in the "International Applicant Requirements" of the Graduate Bulletin. The minimum TOEFL score is 95, with minimum section scores of 20 each in the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections.

Applicants should contact Nathan Robbins, admissions and recruitment specialist in the Office of Graduate Admissions, with any questions about the application system or assistance uploading required files.

Note: Enrolling in courses does not guarantee later acceptance into a degree program, nor does meeting the minimum admission requirements. If you enter as a non-degree or certificate student you should first discuss your plans with the director of graduate studies.

Learn more

Get in touch: For more information about the Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Architecture, email Libby Hemphill, director of graduate studies, or call the Department of Humanities office at 312.567.3465.

Apply: Begin the application process at the Office of Graduate Admissions website. Applications for Fall 2017 are due April 30, 2017; applications for Spring 2018 admission are due August 31, 2017.

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