Technical Communication, B.Sc.

Technical Communication, B.Sc.

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If you enjoy the written language and the challenge that comes with organizing complex information, then a career in technical communications may be a great fit for you.

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Translate Complex Information into Understandable Language

If you enjoy the written language and the challenge that comes with organizing complex information, then a career in technical communications may be a great fit for you. From scientific articles and instruction manuals to software documentation and research reports, technical writers create essential communications for many products and services. Whether you envision yourself working as an editor, writer, or communications manager, you will need proficient writing, editing, and organizational skills.

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication degree program features online courses that focus on areas that are critical to becoming a professional technical writer: English, logic, writing for professions, writing for the media, online documentation, and technical writing. You may focus your educational experience by choosing from electives in graphic communication and production, proposal or promotional writing, and writing for medical, software, or regulatory agencies. You will emerge from this program with the knowledge and skills required to embark on a career in technical communications.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, employment of technical writers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the need to explain a growing number of electronic and scientific products increases. Job prospects are expected to be good for those with solid writing and communications skills and a technical background. Given the nature of the work, many technical writers work on a part-time or freelance basis.

Accreditation

When you pursue an undergraduate, master's, or doctoraldegree or a certificate program at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS), you will learn from our faculty of top scholar-practitioners and industry professionals.

Collectively, our faculty brings relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.

The primary responsibility of our core faculty members is teaching for CPS. Their other responsibilities include:

  • Mentoring and advising students and helping them build their professional networks
  • Leading grant-funded research and teaching initiatives
  • Serving in leadership positions in their fields of expertise
  • Authoring books, book chapters, and journal articles related to their academic and professional fields

The work of our core faculty is complemented by the efforts of a large and accomplished group of faculty lecturers. These independent scholar-practitioners and industry professionals work in their fields of expertise and share real-world experience with their students in the classroom, on campus, or online, often bringing fresh examples from their professional lives into class

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    160 Credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Written Communication
  • College English 1/ Writing Lab
  • College English 2/Writing Lab
  • College English Workshop/Writing Lab
Diversity
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Managing in a Diverse and Changing World
  • Diversity
  • Race and Ethnicity
Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Elective
  • Intro to PC Productivity Tools
  • Advanced PC Productivity Tools
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management
Mathematics
  • College Algebra 1
  • College Algebra 2
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Statistics 1
  • Statistics 2
Ethical & Political Perspectives
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics
  • Business Ethics
Science Perspectives
  • Biology 1
  • Biology Today: An issues Approach
  • Chemistry and the Environment
  • Energy for Today and Tomorrow
Historical Perspectives
  • The World: 1945-Present
  • Civilization of the Modern World
  • Contemporary America
  • Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
Foundation Courses
  • Logic
Major Courses
  • Listening
  • Writing for the Professions 1
  • Writing for the Professions 2
  • Writing for the Media
  • Technical Writing 1
  • Technical Writing 2
  • Technical Editing
  • Online Documentation
  • Documentation Dev. and Completion
  • Graphic Communication & Production
  • Technical Promotional Writing
  • Software Technical Writing 1
  • Software Technical Writing 2
  • Writing for the Web
  • Proposal Writing
  • Writing for the Biotech Industry
  • Technical Writing for Reg. Agencies
  • Biology 1
  • Chemical Principles
  • Programming Logic
  • Visual Basic Programming
  • Advanced Visual Basic
  • C++ Programming
  • Java Programming

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.

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Tuition Fee

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    60480 USD/year
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Funding

Many students, both full- and part-time, will qualify for some form of financial aid or scholarships. We encourage all students who apply for admission to seek out these opportunities. We hope to assist you in reaching your goals to become a student at Northeastern University.

Bunker Hill Community College Scholarship

The Bunker Hill Community College Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for associate degree graduates from Bunker Hill Community College who are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University.

Community College Technology & Engineering Scholarship

The Community College Technology & Engineering Scholarship was created to support bachelor’s degree-seeking students who intend to pursue an engineering and/or technology program that aligns with today’s industry needs.

Fast Track Your Education Scholarship

The Fast Track Your Education Scholarship is an opportunity for students who have been in the workforce for five or more years, have an associate degree or an equivalent of 60 semester hours (or 80 quarter hours) of transferrable credits, and are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree in a fast-track format at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University.

Global Excellence Scholarship

The Global Excellence Scholarship was created to support students interested in global peer-to-peer learning by engaging with students from countries around the globe in the Bachelor of Science in Leadership – Global Classroom or the Bachelor of Science in Finance & Accounting Management – Global Classroom degree completion program.

Mass Bay Community College Scholarship

The Mass Bay Community College Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for associate degree graduates from Mass Bay Community College who are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University.

Professional Information Technology Scholarship

The Professional Information Technology Scholarship was created to support bachelor’s degree-seeking students who intend to complete their degree in Information Technology and are currently working or seeking a career in the field.

Roxbury Community College Scholarship

The Roxbury Community College Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for associate degree graduates from Roxbury Community College who are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University.

Urban Education Community College Scholarship

The Urban Education Community College Scholarship was created to support bachelor’s degree-seeking students who intend to become teachers in urban schools.

Working Professionals Education Advancement Scholarship

The Working Professionals Education Advancement Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for professionals who have been in the workforce for 10 or more years and are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University.

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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