Program Overview

The English Bachelor of Science: Technical Communication degree at Minnesota State University-Mankato gives students the chance to pursue careers in which technical writing and editing is a major part of.  Careers can include but are not limited to those in the computer industry, grant writing, government and corporate publishing, and publication information.  Other careers could include those in independent consulting, government and business writing, and technical and scientific writing and editing.

Students must complete the 37 core requirements as well as the courses from a technical minor to finish this program.  Core courses include introductory courses such as technical and business communication as well as required technical courses such as research and writing reports and editing technical publications.  Students will also have the opportunity to select some elective courses which focus on specific interests and career goals.  Technical minors include civil engineering, biology, computer technology, geology, and psychology; the complete list can be found on the program website.  Students can also minor in a subject not listed on the site with the approval of the advisor or program director.  There is also an internship which provides students with hands-on experience. Those with prior industry experience may petition to substitute 400-level elective credits for the internship.

Students can transfer a certain number of credits to the program under the transfer policy guidelines, which can be discussed with the program director.  Also, individuals with prior professional expertise may be able to test out of some classes in accordance with the policy on course specific exams.  MSU-Mankato also offers an MSU student chapter of the Society of Technical Communication which has several opportunities for professional growth.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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