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Graduate Certificates: Introductory and Advanced

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

You're ready to accelerate your career. To acquire the expertise necessary to make it happen. Whether you are changing careers or enhancing a current career, a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication gives you the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally.

The graduate certificate program is 18 credit hours (6 classes) and is conducted entirely online. You'll take the 3 required core courses plus 3 electives, but you will finish in half the time of a degree-seeking student.

You'll take: IDC 6001, 6002, and 6030. Your other 3 courses can be chosen from any of our IDC elective courses.

Please note: This certificate is not a gateway to the degree. If you are seeking the MS IDC degree, please apply directly to that program.

Advanced Graduate Certificates

You already have a master's degree or you've earned a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication with a 3.5 GPA or above. Advanced graduate certificates give you the opportunity to become an expert in the field. You'll deepen your existing knowledge with theory. You'll apply that theory to hands-on projects in which you'll confront and resolve real-world business issues using the latest technology and media.

Each advanced graduate certificate program is 18 credit hours (6 classes) and is conducted entirely online. Advanced certificates allow for 1 elective course unless otherwise noted below.

Visual Communication

You'll take 6 courses (18 hours). The 5 required courses focus on visual communication:

  • IDC 6005—Visual Thinking
  • IDC 6035—Information Graphics
  • IDC 6042—Applied Graphics
  • IDC 6045—Multimedia
  • IDC 6135—Website Design

User Experience

You'll take 6 courses (18 hours). The 5 required courses focus on requirements, design, testing, and implementation:

  • IDC 6120—Usability Testing
  • IDC 6135—Website Design
  • IDC 6180—Information Architecture
  • IDC 6220—Mobile User Experience
  • IDC 6245—Business Analysis

Content Strategy

You'll take 5 of the following 6 courses (15 credit hours), which focus on content planning, production, and management:

  • IDC 6010—Writing Across Media
  • IDC 6060—Strategies for Global Communication
  • IDC 6090—Medical Communication
  • IDC 6150—Marketing Communication
  • IDC 6175—Digital Rhetoric
  • IDC 6240—Content Strategy

Instructional Design

You'll take 6 courses (18 hours). The 5 required courses focus on instructional design and technology

  • IDC 6035—Information Graphics
  • IDC 6135—Website Design
  • IDC 6140—Instructional Systems Design
  • IDC 6145—Performance Technology
  • IDC 6155—Online Instructional Development

Communications Management

You'll take 6 courses (18 hours). The 4 required courses focus on communication business analysis, processes, and management:

  • IDC 6110—Communication Project Management
  • IDC 6245—Business Analysis
  • MGNT 6001—Managerial Communications
  • MGNT 6025—Managing Professionals
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