The 2 + 2 degree program in technical communication offered by MSOE is designed for individuals with an associate degree in any field. This program is an excellent opportunity for those individuals with technical aptitude whose career goals are in fields involving communication skills - for example, human resource management, Web design, usability testing, software documentation, technical sales, knowledge management, technical training, proposal writing, project management, e-business, marketing, public relations, journalism, technical writing and information technology. The 2 + 2 program also will be attractive to individuals performing technical writing functions in their careers but lacking an academic background in writing and communication.
Graduates with a two-year associate degree in any field may transfer with junior standing and expect two full years of advanced credit. The Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communication at MSOE has three academic components:
- course work in written, oral and visual technical communication
- course work in the humanities and social sciences
- course work in business, science and engineering technology
The 2+2 program is offered to students in four different versions, each of which is designed to complement the academic component emphasized in the associate degree.
Plan A emphasizes course work in technical communication, humanities and social science. This plan is designed for students entering the 2+2 program with an A.A.S. degree who have already taken course work in business, science and engineering technology.
Plan B* emphasizes course work in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in business, science and engineering technology. This plan is designed for students entering with an A.A.S. degree in technical communication.
Plan C* emphasizes course work in technical communication, business, science and engineering technology. This plan is designed for students entering with an associate of arts degree.
Plan D* emphasizes courses in technology and interpersonal communication and is created for students entering the program with the first two years of course work in the B. A. in media and communications at MAHE-MANIPAL in Dubai.
In some cases, advanced undergraduate standing in technical course work can be considered in lieu of an associate degree. In all cases, course substitutions will be made when necessary to avoid duplication of course work taken to complete the associate degree requirements. Prerequisite subjects may also be scheduled if needed.
*For Plan B, C or D track, contact the technical communication program director.