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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Certificate

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/techcomm/tcgradcert.html

The graduate certificate in technical communication prepares students to be professional information developers, technical communicators, and editors who are skilled at using the written and spoken word, along with visuals, to effectively inform and instruct a wide range of audiences. All coursework may be completed in residence or online. Students who are 100% online learners pay resident (in-state) online tuition.

Candidates for the graduate certificate in technical communication complete a concentration within the English Department. The curriculum focuses on practical, skills-oriented coursework (such as manuals writing, web design, and technical editing). All courses must be in the English Department with the exception of courses approved by the technical communication faculty.

Up IconAdmission Requirements

Entrance requirements for the graduate certificate in technical communication include

  • BA or BS
  • Technical Communication (Eng 271), Business Communication (Eng 272), or equivalent technical communication experience

The GRE is not required as part of the admissions material for this program.

Candidates whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL base score of 550 or above.

Application information (including an online application form) is available from the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Up IconCertificate Requirements

23 credits

Completion of the graduate certificate requires the following coursework:

Required Courses: 15 credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 571 Visual Technical Communication
4
ENG 575 Editing Technical Publications
4
ENG 576
     or
ENG 577
Online Documentation

Technical Documentation, Policies and Procedures
4
ENG 674
     or
ENG 676
     or
ENG 680
Topics in Technical Communication*

Instructional Design for Technical Communicators

Proposals
3

*May be repeated under various topics; additional credits of ENG 674 or ENG 676 or ENG 680 may be used as electives.

Elective Courses: 8 credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 567 International Technical Communication
1-4
ENG 568 Document Design and Usability
4
ENG 569 Project Management in Technical Communication
4
ENG 572 Topics in Technical Communication*
1-4
ENG 573 Desktop Publishing
4
ENG 574 Researching & Writing Technical Reports
4
ENG 576
     or
ENG 577
Online Documentation

Technical Documentation, Policies and Procedures
4
ENG 674
     or
ENG 676
     or
ENG 680
Topics in Technical Communication*

Instructional Design for Technical Communicators

Proposals
1-3

3

3
ENG 675 Technical Communication for STEM Professionals
3

*May be repeated under various topics.

All required courses in the certificate program are offered online within a two-year rotation.

Up IconProgram Director

Dr. Gretchen Perbix
English Department
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5506
E-mail: gretchen.perbix@mnsu.edu

Up IconEnglish Department Graduate Director

If you do not find answers to your questions on this web page, or if you need more information about this English Department graduate program at the Minnesota State University, Mankato, please contact

Professor Melissa Purdue
Director of English Graduate Studies
Department of English
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN  56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5510
E-mail: melissa.purdue@mnsu.edu

Up IconTransfer Credits and Credit by Exam

Students may transfer a limited number of credits into their graduate program in accordance with the policy on transfer credits in the Graduate Bulletin. Contact the program director for procedural details.

Students who possess professional expertise may be eligible to 'test out' of classes in accordance with the policy on credit by examination in the Graduate Bulletin. Students may earn up to 6 credits at a substantial savings. Contact the program director or the course instructor for procedural details.

Up IconSociety for Technical Communication (STC)

Minnesota State University, Mankato has an award-winning MSU Student Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) that offers a number of opportunities for professional growth:

  • chapter activities and opportunities to exchange ideas with other technical communication professionals a scholarly journal, Technical Communication, newsletters (Intercom, the national newsletter; Interchange, the national student newsletter, and Techniques, our student chapter's newsletter, and STC publications (reference materials, manuals, anthologies, and several others)
  • annual national, regional, and local conferences, seminars, and programs
  • employment information, scholarships, and research grants
  • MSU student chapter newsletter, Techniques, which affords opportunities to write for publication and to acquire editing and publishing experience
  • local, regional and national competitions and awards

MSU technical communication students may find the Twin Cities STC Chapter particularly useful for their professional advancement.

Up IconCareers in Technical Communication

Graduates have numerous career options open to them of which technical writing and editing for the computer industry, grant writing, governmental and corporate publishing, environmental writing, as well as publication information, are but a few. Candidates choosing the graduate certificate in technical communication will find the certificate appropriate preparation for careers in independent consulting, government and business writing, and technical and scientific writing and editing.

Up IconGainful Employment Program Information

Minnesota State Mankato provides gainful employment program information about the graduate certificate in technical communication.

Up IconComputer Facilities

Minnesota State Mankato is a leader in wireless communication, offers state-of-the-art computer classroom facilities, and provides the largest campus computer lab in the region.

In addition to providing computer classrooms and workstations for individual use, the Academic Computer Center (ACC) provides specialized software (through MavAPPs) for 100% online learners. Furthermore, Minnesota State Mankato students receive free access to software tutorials through Atomic Learning.

All students receive email accounts and server space (MavDisk) as well as access to the campus learning management system (D2L). The entire campus is served by MavNet, a wireless network. Students who are 100% online learners should have DSL or cable access to the Internet.

Up IconFinancial Assistance

The Department of English employs about 40 teaching and research assistants at stipends of approximately $9000 over two semesters.  Assistants receive full tuition remission for up to 18 credits over the academic year (two semesters). All graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of six credits per semester. Assistants are provided office space and have faculty library privileges.

Teaching Assistants in the English Department typically teach freshman composition. The TA Director provides a supportive atmosphere where assistants learn composition theory and pedagogy. In addition, assistants are trained in the latest methods of computer-assisted writing instruction. For more information, visit the English Graduate Assistantships web page.

Other assistantships are available from Student Affairs, Learning Center, Memorial Library, and Residential Life offices of the University. For a list of available graduate assistantships, visit the Human Resources Job Posting web page on the College of Graduate Studies web site.

Although the vast majority of graduate assistantships are awarded to students studying in residence, MSU has provided a small but growing number of assistantships to 100% online learners.

For information about other types of financial assistance, students should consult Student Financial Services.