About the M.A. in Communication Program

Accelerated Master of Arts in Communication Degree Program

Accelerated M.A. in Communication Degree Program Application Deadlines for 2013 Start:
Now Accepting Rd. I
Courses Start June, 2013

The Master of Arts in Communication with Emphases in Nonprofit Communication, Integrated Strategic Communication, and Organizational Leadership and Change is targeted to working professionals and marketing, business and communication students who seek to become able and knowledgeable communication managers. The major objective of the program is to produce communicators who understand the importance of communication integration and who can manage all forms and aspects of an organization's communication. Students will:

  • Learn how information becomes knowledge that shapes and is shaped by communication;
  • Learn the complexities of media that maintain the delicate balance between free enterprise and consumer protection;
  • Design an internal communication audit that improves organizational processes;
  • Develop an integrated marketing communications campaign, plansbook and presentation for a real-world client;
  • Integrate research skills for strategic and organizational goal setting;
  • Learn to formulate persuasive arguments and recommendations in ways that get acceptance, support, and enthusiasm; and
  • Recognize ethical implications for marketing and organizational communication.

All three M.A. in Communication Emphases require 30 hours of credit, usually taken in 10 courses. Each emphasis has a core of courses required of all students. Elective courses are selected, in consultation with the student's advisor, from a list of professional electives. Coursework may be completed through full-time or part-time enrollment and by taking a combination of both seated and online classes. Any student who plans to work more than 20 hours per week should not take more than two courses each semester. The Department of Communication is a component of the humanities division of the university.