Program Requirements

About the Graduate Program

Mercer’s 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.

Our course curriculum is 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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science degree requires 30 semester hours. These hours are accumulated by taking at least six courses from the TCO graduate courses(three credits each), up to three 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 research experience for practitioners.

Each student in the program is required to take at least six of the following courses plus TCO 685, Project Research. The courses may be taken in any order although students who have no background in technical communication must begin the program with TCO 602, Foundations in Technical Communication. Students may take up to three electives from the Mercer MBA program, from TCO elective offerings (TCO 691), or from other options approved by the program director.

  • TCO 602. Foundations in Technical Communication
  • TCO 605. Usability
  • TCO 620. Managing Multimedia
  • TCO 630. Managing People and Projects
  • TCO 651. Managing International Projects
  • TCO 670. Managing Instructional Systems
  • TCO 676. Visual Communication
  • TCO 680. Content Management


After they have taken a minimum of six other courses, students may register to take TCO 685, Project Research. In this course, students undertake a major research project that often results in a publishable manuscript, a professional conference presentation, or a proposal presentation to the student’s employer.


Program Costs

The MSTCM program is not just an excellent educational program; it’s a great value. The program is competitively priced at just $700 per credit hour, making us one of the best value online degrees in the nation.

Online Format

Mercer’s online format is also referred to as Distance Learning. Please note that Mercer University complies with applicable state and federal regulations pertaining to Distance Learning programs, and enrollment in these programs depends on the state laws where the student resides. Mercer University may not be able to offer these programs in your state. There are also special provisions for international applicants interested in the MSTCM.


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Graduate students are selected on the basis of their stated professional goals, related work experience, and educational background. Because technical communication is a hybrid field, undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines are acceptable, provided the degree is obtained from an accredited institution. Successful MSTCM graduates have come from such disciplines as engineering, English, psychology, business, journalism, library science, and—of course—technical communication.

Standard admission requirements include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any discipline
  • 3.2 undergraduate GPA
  • Experience as a working professional in technical communication or a related discipline

To access the application for graduate admission and the complete list of application requirements, deadlines, and details, visit the Graduate Admissions page.