The MSTCM program offers a fully online master's degree directed toward working adult professionals and practitioners with experience in technical communication or a related discipline. Current graduate students have an average of 12 years of professional work experience.
We are diverse. Our students are technical communicators, translators, software specialists, and training specialists, as well as engineers, managers, and educators.
Our philosophy of graduate education in the program follows that of Jerome Bruner, Harvard University's constructivist learning theorist. As an outgrowth of Bruner's philosophy, our approach focuses on the discovery learning process of self-motivated adults, who explore and manipulate educational content to correlate with their life and work experiences.
Course content and projects combine current industry practice with up-to-date theory and research accessed through the Internet. Students have the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively on real-life projects, such as usability testing of mobile devices, a feasibility report on localizing an information product for international markets, or a proposal for developing a multimedia product to respond to an organizational problem or challenge.
Why We Are Located in an Engineering School
Adding to the MSTCM program's uniqueness is its presence in an engineering school. Accordingly, the program's curriculum parallels the educational philosophy in the School of Engineering's other graduate programs: to provide quality education to working professionals. The rigorous, practice-oriented coursework well prepares students to take on challenges in professional technical environments while also providing students with increased credibility in the field.
Mercer's Engineering School is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and has a reputation for academic excellence. The engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.