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Home >> 2010 - 2011 Graduate Catalog >> Programs & Courses >> Degree Programs >> Master of Science Program in Information Design and Communication Degree Requirements

Master of Science Program in Information Design and Communication Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication, the Master of Science in Information Design and Communication, and Advanced Certificates in Technical Communication:

Applicants admitted into the MS in Information Design and Communication degree program, the Technical Communication Certificate program, or the Advanced Certificate program must demonstrate strong written communication skills, a solid academic record, a good understanding of how their career goals fit within the field of technical communication, and a clear potential to contribute to the profession. All degree and certificate applicants must complete the following in order to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application, including a $20 non-refundable application fee.
  • One official transcript from each college attended. These must be in sealed envelopes sent directly from the school.
  • For any degree/transcript reflecting a GPA below 2.75, applicants must provide an explanation for the academic performance, as well as a statement demonstrating why they feel able to perform well at the graduate level.
  • Immunization certification or immunization waiver. This documentation must be submitted to the school nurse, Julie Scala, jscala@spsu.edu, fax# 678-915-7367.
  • Three academic or professional references on letterhead, placed in a sealed envelope, with the writer's signature placed over the seal.
  • Professional resume showing current and past work experience.

In addition, students must submit the following materials depending on their program:

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

  • An application essay focusing on why the applicant has chosen an online learning environment for a graduate certificate in Technical Communication. The essay should also include a list of elective courses the applicant is most interested in taking and why these courses support the applicant's professional/academic goals. Essay should be at least 2 pages, double-spaced, and typed.
  • A timed essay. Contact the Program Assistant, Donna McPherson, tcom@spsu.edu, to schedule a day and time to write the essay. The essay topic and instructions will be sent via email, on the day scheduled. The applicant is responsible for timing the essay and sending an electronic copy back to the Department within three hours of beginning the essay.
  • A signed Memorandum of Understanding stipulating that you understand that successful completion of the certificate program is not a guarantee of admission to the master's program.

The Master of Science in Information Design and Communication

  • GRE scores (Test scores may be waived, if an applicant has 2 or more years of relevant work experience. An applicant may submit, to the ETCMA Graduate Review Committee, a portfolio of work, along with appropriate descriptions and narrative justification of the relevancy of the work experience to the candidate's suitability for graduate degree study. ie.: explanation of audience, purpose of each of the samples, and the applicant's role in creating them.)
  • An application essay focusing on why the applicant has chosen an online/hybrid learning environment for an MS degree in Information Design and Communication. The essay should also include a list of elective courses the applicant is most interested in taking and why these courses support the applicant's professional/academic goals. This essay should be at least 2 pages, double-spaced, and typed.
  • A timed essay. Contact the Program Assistant, Donna McPherson, tcom@spsu.edu, to schedule a day and time to write the essay. The essay topic and instructions will be sent via email, on the day scheduled. The applicant is responsible for timing the essay and sending an electronic copy back to the Department within three hours of beginning the essay.

Advanced Certificates in Technical Communication Admission requirements:

  • A graduate certificate or master's degree in technical communication or related field from SPSU or another university.
  • A portfolio reflective of your work with a description of the audience, purpose, and your role in creating each product.
  • An application essay focusing on career goals and explaining how the Advanced Certificate program will help the applicant meet these goals.

Note: SPSU Certificate in Technical Communication and/or MS Information Design and Communication graduates need only to submit a portfolio reflective of your work with a description of the audience, purpose, and your role in creating each product, along with an application, in order to apply for one of the advanced certificates.

 

 

 

IDC 6001

Professional Practices of Communication

3

IDC 6002

Information Design

3

IDC 6030

Foundations of Graphics

3

IDC Electives

Select 7 elective courses with an IDC prefix

21

IDC Option

(Select one of the options listed below)

6

Total For The Program

36

Internship Option

Internship (IDC 7601-7603)

While taking the internship, students may enroll in a maximum of 9 hours per semester:

3 hours of internship plus two courses or 6 hours of internship plus one course.

Thesis Option

Thesis (IDC 7801-7803, six-hour minimum)

When taking the thesis, students may enroll in a maximum of 9 hours per semester--to include no more than 3 hours of thesis per semester.

All Coursework Option

Select an additional 2 elective courses (6 hours) with an IDC prefix.

NOTE: IDC 6001 must be taken the first semester of work in the program, and IDC 6002 and IDC 6030 should be taken as soon as possible after admission.

Elective Courses for IDC Options

IDC 6004

Research Methods

3

IDC 6005

Visual Thinking

3

IDC 6010

Writing Across Media

3

IDC 6035

Information Graphics

3

IDC 6040

Applied Graphics I

3

IDC 6041

Applied Graphics II

3

IDC 6045

Foundations of Multimedia

3

IDC 6050

Applied Multimedia

3

IDC 6060

International Technical Communication

3

IDC 6071

User Assistance

3

IDC 6080

Professional Oral Presentations

3

IDC 6090

Medical Communication

3

IDC 6110

Communications Project Management

3

IDC 6120

Usability Testing

3

IDC 6135

Website Design

3

IDC 6140

Instructional Systems Design

3

IDC 6155

Online Instructional Development

3

IDC 6145

Performance Technology

3

IDC 6150

Marketing Communication

3

IDC 6160

Rhetoric: History, Theory, and Practice

3

IDC 6180

Information Architecture

3

IDC 6901-6903

Special Topics

1-3

IDC 7501-7503

Independent Study

1-3

Graduate students may take up to 9 hours outside of the program with prior approval from both the Graduate Coordinator and the Department Chair.

NOTE: A grade of "B" or better is required in all courses that are applied to graduation (with the exception of the internship and thesis, which require an "S").