Are Online Degrees in Technical Writing as Good as Real World Universities?

If you had a choice, would you hire someone with an Online Degree or someone who graduated from a real world ‘bricks and mortar’ University? I get emails most week asking if online degrees are worth the money, are they trustworthy, will people hire me, will I get ripped off… before we get into that, here are five universities that offer online degrees in technical writing. Are online degrees as good as real degrees?

Are Online Degrees in Technical Writing as Good as Real World Universities?

I know the University of Limerick very well as my sister goes there! UL train most of the technical writers that go to Microsoft, Google and IBM in Ireland, which is the Euro headquarters. Several technical writers that I’ve meet while blogging have got their degree there. This raises the question: are online degrees as good as real degrees?

1. Brooklyn College Technical Writing Certificate Program

Interested in a career in technical writing? Interested in adding something to that degree in English, History, Philosophy, Communications, Advertising, Marketing that will actually enable you to get a job? Want to put your language skills to use and do some writing in a respectable and rewarding profession? If so, the Technical Writing Certificate Program offered through Brooklyn College may be just for you! Technical Writing Certificate Program

2. Austin Community College Technical Communications Program

You can take Business & Technical Communications courses without going for a degree or certificate. Students intending to complete the degree or certificate often get jobs during the program and never complete the degree or certificate.

Register for Business & Technical Communications courses in one of two ways:

  • Regular academic credit. To get a formal academic certificate or degree, you must take courses for regular academic credit. This entails admission to the college and tuition payment according to where you live. You can transfer in any relevant college course work you have done. You can complete the certificate or degree by distance. As a distance student, you can apply local course work to the certificate or degree as long as at least 25% of your course work is “in residence” at Austin Community College. (Online Austin Community College courses are considered “in residence.”)
  • Continuing education. You can take Business & Technical Communications courses as continuing education—either in the classroom or by distance. With this option, you do not have to apply for admission to the college, and you pay the same tuition (roughly the same as in-district tuition) no matter you live. However, you must “convert” courses taken as continuing education to official academic credit. To find out more about continuing-education degrees and certificates, keep reading and then go to the Continuing Education page.

Austin Community College Technical Communications Program

3. Northeastern University

The Technical Communications Bachelor of Science degree provides students with the skills to begin or advance careers as writers, editors, or communications managers. “Technical writers translate complex technical information into clear, concise messages for a variety of audiences. From the instructions required to assemble a desk to the software documentation needed to use a computer, technical writers produce essential materials for many products and services. Journal writing and magazine editing are also paths for technical writers”. The Technical Communications Bachelor of Science degree provides students with the skills to begin or advance careers as writers, editors, or communications managers.

Technical Communications Bachelor of Science degree

4. Kaplan University Online

“Technical writing offers many great career options, especially if you have your BS degree in this concentration. You can earn this degree from the comfort of your own computer with your virtual classroom waiting for you any hour of the day from Kaplan University.”

Serves: Worldwide
Accredited by: HLC
Enrollment: Quarterly
Financial Aid: Yes
Scholarships: Yes

Kaplan University Online

5. University of Limerick, Ireland

This distance-learning programme was introduced in September 2001 to provide flexible access to technical communication modules for people unable to attend a full-time course. The Technical Communication modules at the University of Limerick focus on writing for the IT industry, and on Instructional Design for E-learning.

Objectives

  • To provide students with a good grounding in the theory and practice of technical communication;
  • To provide tuition on the main tools of the profession;
  • To equip graduates with a professional qualification in the area of technical communication.

Programme Content

Semester 1 – Principles of Professional and Technical Communications and Information Design, Technical Communication Theory.
Semester 2 -Workplace Issues in Technical Communication, Information Management and Content Production.

Entrance Requirements

Normally a primary degree in any discipline. Industrial and/or computing experience is an advantage (Primary Degree: Level 8 NQAI). Applicants must have a high standard of written English, and good basic knowledge of computing (ECDL or equivalent). Applicants must have access to the Internet from home or work to participate in the course. See Technical Communication modules at the University of Limerick

FYI: You can also do the degree online or part-time at your closest university.

What do you think?

Are these degrees as good as the real thing?

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