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Ph.D. in Technical Communication (TECH)

The doctoral program in technical communication at IIT prepares you for careers in research and teaching at the postsecondary level, as well as for advanced supervisory and research positions in business and government.

At IIT, you will develop a strong foundation in research methods and humanistic inquiry around technologies and communication practices. The program builds on a base of skills in workplace practices and incorporates theory-oriented advanced readings, seminars, and dissertation research leading you into original contributions to scholarship in the field.

Program at a glance

The Technical Communication Ph.D. is an 84-credit hour program beyond a bachelor’s degree.

Technical communication core (30 credit hours)
Electives (at least 15 credit hours)
Dissertation research (at least 24 credit hours)
Additional electives or dissertation research (as needed to achieve total of 84)
Qualifying examination (taken at end of first year)
Comprehensive examination (taken at end of course work)
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation
Dissertation (final thesis) examination

If you’ve already earned a master's degree or undertaken graduate work in relevant fields, you may transfer credit hours toward the doctoral degree (up to 36 credit hours for graduate coursework in relevant fields at IIT, up to 30 credit hours for graduate coursework in relevant fields at other institutions).

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Sample courses

After graduation

As a graduate of IIT’s Ph.D. in Technical Communication program, you will be prepared for careers in research and teaching at the postsecondary level, as well as for advanced supervisory and research positions in business and government.

Learn more

Get in touch: For more information, contact Professor Karl Stolley, Director of Graduate Studies, at kstolley@iit.edu, or call our office at 312.567.3465.

Apply: To get started on your application, visit the admissions website.