B.Sc. On Campus

Technical and Professional Communication

Ferris State University

48 months
20552 USD/year
12740 USD/year
12740 USD/year
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Technical and Professional Communication students at Ferris State University learn the history and future of writing, edit technical manuals, understand the elements of writing technical documents, and develop project planning skills. In addition, they analyze technical journals, books, magazines, and speeches.


All Technical and Professional Communication students at Ferris State University identify a content specialty concentration, a 21-credit grouping of courses that builds on their interest in a specific career area. While many TPC students enter the program with an associate degree in a technical area - for example, electronics or plastics technology - many develop their technical specialty based on an established area of expertise in the field of technical communication. 

A wide variety of content specialty concentrations are possible, including electronics, automotive technology, computer information systems, plastics technology, medical writing, applied mathematics, visual communication, technical training, and applied biology. These concentrations are not, however, the only areas of specialty allowed by the program; students are encouraged to work with their advisor to select the best grouping of courses for their professional interests. The content specialty gives students a specialized background and typically opens the door to their first professional job.

Career Prospects

Job opportunities continue to grow for graduates of this program. Nearly every industry needs employees who can communicate technical and professional information effectively to its customers and clients. Jobs also are expanding into marketing, advertising, and public relations fields.

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • English
  • Advanced Professional Writing
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Professional Technical Communication
  • Visual Rhetoric and Document Design
  • Design Principles
  • Web Design and Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity, and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. 
  • High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT Reading and Mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. 
  • Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20552 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20552 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    12740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12740 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    12740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12740 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Big Rapids

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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