Free Online Technical Writing Courses from Top Universities

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There are six online technical writing courses offered for free by top universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Utah State University (USU). These courses provide instruction writing methods for various technical fields, such as healthcare, engineering and science.
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Free Technical Writing Courses

Individuals who wish to learn technical writing can find a range of free, online courses from two leading universities. Courses touch on topics that involve scientific writing, grant writing and computer threats.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Several undergraduate and graduate courses are available for study using MIT's OpenCourseWare. A class that's open to both undergrads and grads allows students to read and practice writing to hone their skills for academic and professional environments. Another dual program-level course explores conveying technical information to different audiences. Students can also learn how to write grant proposals and conference papers, though no professor feedback is provided.

Utah State University (USU)

Online learners at this school can take a course that covers the technical skills needed to work in the writing industry. Course topics include everything from mainframes to computer security threats.

Free Online Technical Writing Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Advanced Workshop in Writing for Social Sciences and Architecture course from MIT Undergraduate/Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Advanced Workshop in Writing for Science and Engineering (ELS) course from MIT Undergraduate/Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Introduction to Technical Communication: Perspectives on Medicine and Public Health course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Intro to Tech Communication course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Science and Engineering Writing for Phase II course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Technology for Professional Writers course from Utah State University Graduate Text No No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
      • Master of Science in Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Literacy
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
      • Ph.D in Literacy: Literacy
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Professional and Technical Writing
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
  • Online Programs Available
    8. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Queens University of Charlotte

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication - General
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Science Writing
  • Master of Arts in Communication

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Grand Canyon University

  • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Communication

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Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Professional and Technical Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

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