Courses

The MSTCM curriculum provides students with an ideal balance between theory and practice. This balance ensures that students develop a firm foundation for study and practice before applying concepts to real-world projects. Allowing students to test their understanding of concepts by engaging in real-world settings provides valuable experience that will increase their marketability in the workplace—which is our overall goal as a graduate institution.

The Master of Science degree requires 30 semester hours. These hours are accumulated by taking seven or eight required courses (three credits each), one or two electives (three credits each), and a capstone project (three credits). The capstone course, Project Research, is completed in place of a traditional master's thesis and provides students with real-world experience which better prepares them for careers in industry.

Students who take two courses per term and one in the summer complete the master's degree in just over two years. Students who take one course per term and one in the summer will complete the degree within a four-year period.

Course DetailsMercer

The courses in our MSTCM curriculum are carefully designed to provide students with opportunities to explore the history, theory, and practice of technical communication, as well as significant topics in managing projects, organizations, and human resources. All MSTCM courses are delivered online and meet at night after normal working hours.

Core Courses

Each student in the program is required to take all of the following courses though the student may choose to substitute one of his/her electives for one of the courses. The courses may be taken in any order.

  • TCO 605 Usability
  • TCO 620 Managing Multimedia
  • TCO 630 Managing People and Projects
  • TCO 641 Advanced Technical Communication
  • TCO 650 History and Theory of Technical Communication
  • TCO 651 International Technical Communication
  • TCO 665 Instructional Design
  • TCO 676 Visual Communication

Electives

Students may take two electives offered by Mercer's Technical Communication Department (usually numbered TCO 691) or may petition to take a course at the 600 level or higher in another department at Mercer or at another institution.  One of these electives can replace a core course of the student's choosing.

Capstone

After they have taken a minimum of six other courses, students may register to take TCO 685, Project Research. In this course, teams of two or three students undertake a major research project that often results in a publishable manuscript or professional conference presentation co-authored by the team.

Minor in Technical Communication Management

Students with professional work experience who are enrolled in any of the Master of Science in Engineering or Master of Science programs in Mercer's School of Engineering may minor in MSTCM by taking any three courses except TCO 685.

Course Schedules, 2016-2018 (Tentative)

Two courses are generally taught each fall and spring term. One or two courses are taught each summer.  The following is a tentative schedule of offerings for the next two years. (Inclusion of courses on this list is for planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment by Mercer's MSTCM program to offer the courses listed during the terms indicated.) Although courses do not have prerequisites, certain courses may have preferred sequencing, depending on an indvidual student's background and experience. Contact Dr. Brewer regarding course sequencing.

 

Spring 2017
TCO 605 Usability
TCO 650 History and Theory of Technical Communication

 

Summer 2017
TCO 691 Program Evaluation.  Elective
 
 
Fall 2017

TCO 620 Managing Multimedia
TCO 676 Visual Communication

 

Spring 2018
TCO 630 Managing People and Projects
TCO 641 Advanced Technical Communication

 

Summer 2018
TCO 685 Project Research (capstone)
Elective TBA
 
 
Fall 2018

TCO 651 International Technical Communication
TCO 665 Instructional Design

 

Spring 2019
TCO 605 Usability
TCO 650 History and Theory of Technical Communication

 

Summer 2019
Elective TBA
 
 
Fall 2019

TCO 620 Managing Multimedia
TCO 676 Visual Communication