​​​​Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication is designed to develop student communication ability through listening, oral, written and digital communication skills at an advanced level. Students complete eight core courses (including two capstone courses) and six elective hours. The degree includes two capstone courses culminating in a successful defense of a capstone project. Students must complete the curriculum within seven years, though the program is designed to be completed in as early as two years.

MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

COMM 500Introduction to Professional Communication


3

COMM 501Organizational Communication and Culture


3

COMM 502Presentational Speaking


3

COMM 503Strategic Communication


3

COMM 504Digital Media and Communication


3

COMM 505Communication Research Methods


3

COMM 600Capstone I


3

COMM 601Capstone 2


3

6 SEMESTER HOURS OF ELECTIVES TAKEN FROM:

COMM 550Topics in Interpersonal Communication


3

COMM 551Topics in Identity Management


3

COMM 552Topics in Team Building


3

COMM 594Communication Internship


1

EDHR 641Training and Development in Organizations


3

EDUC 650Increasing Effectiveness through Principle-Centered Leadership


3

ENGL 508Writing for Alternative Academic Careers


3

ENGL 550Topics in Rhetoric and Composition


3

ENGL 552Topics in Technical and Scientific Writing


3


Students in the communication teaching assistantship program may also use COMM 594 hours to count as elective hours. All communication teaching assistants are required to enroll in COMM 594each semester they are teaching.

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. If a candidate earns a second grade less than “B-,” he/she has the option to retake the course, but must raise the grade to a “B” or better. The higher grade will replace the lower one in the GPA calculation. Candidates are only allowed one opportunity to retake the course and are suspended from taking any other courses in the program while they retake the course. Students with teaching assistantships who receive a “U” grade in COMM 594 will not be permitted to retake COMM 594, though they may continue in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program.

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