The Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree is designed to help you develop your communication ability through listening, oral, written and digital communication skills at an advanced level.
You will complete eight core courses (including two capstone courses) and six elective hours. The degree includes a series of two capstone courses culminating in a successful defense of a capstone project. You must complete the curriculum within seven years, however, the program is designed to be completed within two years.
Students in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program must maintain a 3.0 average and must have no more than one "C" grade during the course of the program. No more than one course with a grade of "C+", "C" or "C-" can be used to meet graduation requirements.
Introduction to Professional Communication | COMM 500
Look at this course as your orientation to the MAPC program and an introduction to the areas of communication. You will be learning areas of communication that may be missing in your workplace, allowing you to make enhancements right away. While you review the foundational theoretical perspectives and requisite oral, writing, active listening and digital communication skills required to succeed in your other courses, you will also create a professional development plan for achieving your personal and professional goals.
Organizational Communication and Culture | COMM 501
Two words: communication and audit. It's important to be able to create and sustain a strong organizational culture, and one way to do this is through auditing internal and external messages. By focusing on oral, written and digital communication you will be prepared to use the communication audit to develop a communication improvement plan for an organization, including your own workplace.
Presentational Speaking | COMM 502
When leading a meeting, giving a presentation or sending out an email, it's important that your message reaches and impacts the intended audience in the right way. In this course, you will focus on the theoretical understanding of ways message content and structure impact an audience with an emphasis on oral, written and digital presentations of workplace messages.
Strategic Communication | COMM 503
Anyone working with people can benefit from this one. The goal of this course is to give you an intellectual foundation in theories of public relations and develop an understanding of the theoretical body of knowledge in strategic communications and its application to professional PR practice.
Digital Media and Communication | COMM 504
Ready to learn how to approach and strengthen digital media communication in the workplace? This class will introduce you to the tools and practices required for successful digital communication strategies in a professional writing environment. You'll learn how to approach various communication challenges from an integrated perspective, using digital channels to augment and enhance traditional tactics while also taking full advantage of the unique attributes that keep digital at the cutting edge of public relations and marketing. This class will address emerging and existing technologies, using trending topics and case studies to identify best practices.
Communication Research Methods | COMM 505
When creating strong content and measuring its success, research is key. This course is designed to introduce concepts, principles and techniques of communication research. Focusing on both qualitative and quantitative research methods, this course will give you an understanding of what types of studies lend themselves to specific research methods and how to collect and analyze data according to these methods. This course will provide you with a foundation for developing more advanced research and entrepreneurial skills.
Capstone 1 | COMM 600
This is where you take knowledge and skills you have gained throughout the program and put them in action. Capstone 1 is the first in a two-course sequence required for all students as part of the preparation for the capstone requirement (see below for capstone options). You will prepare a research plan for a culminating capstone project and once approved by an advisor, begin work on the project.Capstone 2 | COMM 601
This is the second component of the two-course sequence required for all students as part of the preparation for the capstone requirement. Here, you will complete the culminating capstone project begun in COMM 600.
The MAPC offers three opportunities for the program's culminating project based on your desired professional outcomes:
- Professional Project - for students who prefer to use the degree to build tools for consulting, management or project development.
- Service Project - for students who want to obtain courses that prepare them for service work and want to complete a culminating project for a service organization.
- Thesis - for students who want to continue higher education and pursue a Ph.D.
Elective Courses (Six credit hours required)
We offer several elective courses for you to pick from that suit your interests/career needs. These courses are repeatable if the emphasis is different.Communication Internship* | COMM 594
If you're interested in teaching at the college level, this internship will provide you with a supervised teaching experience in the basic communication course (i.e., Principles of Speech | COMM 110
) at the University of Findlay. As part of this internship, you will get to develop course syllabi, course assignments, evaluate student speeches and meet weekly with a MAPC cohort. You will also be observed twice each semester of teaching. This is a repeatable course and will be graded S/U.
Please note: COMM 594 is a one credit hour course, but may be taken more than once.
Topics in Interpersonal Communication | COMM 550
This course will focus on special issues within the field of communication-related to interpersonal communication. This course may be repeated, provided the topics are different.
Topics in Identity Management | COMM 551
This course will focus on special issues within the field of communication-related to identity management. This course may be repeated, provided the topics are different.
Topics in Team Building | COMM 552
This course will focus on special issues within the field of communication-related to team building. This course may be repeated, provided the topics are different.
In addition to the electives offered online, there are electives students can take in a face-to-face setting in two other areas:
ENGL 508 Writing for Alternative Academic Careers
ENGL 550 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
ENGL 552 Topics in Technical and Scientific Writing
EDHR 641 Training and Development in Organizations
EDUC 650 Increasing Effectiveness Through Principle-Centered Leadership
To view the full curriculum in the University of Findlay's online catalog, please click here.
The MAPC will allow up to six credit hours of transfer credit if the equivalent graduate coursework is taken at another accredited institution. COMM 594, COMM 600 and COMM 601 may not be transferred. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the MAPC program.