M.A. in Communication

Emphasis: Nonprofit Communication

Nonprofit organizations are big business. From health care to charities, education, and civic clubs, the impact of these groups is tremendous.

To be successful in this field, leaders must have advanced understanding and skills in communication.  As communication models develop, leaders must be able to respond with a comprehensive understanding of their industry.

The Master of Arts in Communication with a Nonprofit emphasis provides graduate-level expertise for solving communication problems in modern organizations and social systems from a communication and leadership perspective. The program matches research and theory with today's global realities.

This innovative degree offers practical and applied learning that integrates digital technology with strategic communication and strong writing and presentational skills.

Students are engaged in developing communication solutions for real-world issues, working directly with nonprofit organizations.

Students in the Nonprofit emphasis examine how organizations communicate within a community, how leaders communicate with their staff, how corporations and the media work with nonprofits, and how to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of communication programs.

Classes are designed to accommodate students who work full time. Courses are offered in the evenings and online so students can continue their professional careers while pursuing the degree. The degree requires 30 hours of credit, usually taken in 10 courses. Each emphasis has a core of courses required of all students. It can be completed in a traditional track or in a one-year accelerated program.

COMM 601: Introduction to Graduate Studies
COMM 604: Seminar in Communication Ethics
COMM 606: Public Relations & Corporate Writing
COMM 607: Seminar in Organizational Communication
COMM 636: Integrated Marketing Communication
COMM 639: Strategic Issues Management
COMM 682: Social Media Certificate
COMM 688: Advanced Grant Writing Certificate
COMM 702: Research in Nonprofit Communication

Center for Nonprofit Communication

Graduates from our program are found nationally and internationally across myriad communication professions such as training and consulting, media, college teaching, as well as for-profit and nonprofit leadership.