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Master of Arts in Organizational Communication


The graduate program in Communication offers students many opportunities to advance their education through a Master's program or a Graduate Certificate. Our mission is to provide graduate students with engaging, challenging, and rewarding programs integrating communication theory, practice, and problem-based research.

Our vibrant program includes coursework in organizational, health, interpersonal, and intercultural communication providing students with a well-rounded academic experience. Utilizing foundational works and contemporary studies of communication processes, we prepare students to advance in professional and academic endeavors.

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For students who have taken the GRE prior to August 2011

Admission to the program requires a GAP score of at least 2200 [GAP = Overall GRE score X Undergraduate GPA] and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE.


For students who have taken the GRE after August 2011

Admission to the program requires a minimum score of 139 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE. Additionally, students must have a GAP score of at least 550 [GAP = (Overall GRE score) + (Undergraduate GPA X 100)] and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE.


Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following to the Graduate Studies Office:

  • An application

  • Official transcripts

  • GRE scores

  • A writing sample from an undergraduate course

  • Letter of intent discussing:

    • Academic and/or professional experiences

    • Goals in pursuing graduate studies in communication

    • Areas of interest in the communication discipline

All materials can be submitted at: wku.edu/graduate.


Admission Requirements for the Certificate in Organization Communication: 

A person seeking the Certificate in Organizational Communication must satisfy the Graduate Studies admission requirements and must provide a letter of application and one letter of recommendation supporting the applicant's capacity for studying organizational communication.

All materials can be submitted at: wku.edu/graduate.

Students should complete the required core courses (COMM 501, COMM 502, COMM 547) within their first 15 hours of coursework with a grade of "B" or higher in each. As a general policy, the program does not allow transfer of research methods courses to fulfill the research methods requirements. 

Core Courses (9 hours):

  • COMM 501: Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (3 hours)

  • COMM 502: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (3 hours)

  • COMM 547: Organizational Communication Theory (3 hours)


Elective Courses (15 hours):

  • COMM 523: Health Communication 

  • COMM 526: Family Communication 

  • COMM 528: Communication in the Nonprofit Sector

  • COMM 531: Global Leadership Communication

  • COMM 552: Democracy, Power, & Voice in Organizations

  • COMM 553: Health Communication Campaigns 

  • COMM 560: Seminar in Organizational Communication

  • COMM 561: Multinational Organizational Communication

  • COMM 564: Crisis Communication

  • COMM 566: Corporate & Organizational Advocacy

  • COMM 568: Organizational Identification

  • COMM 570: Seminar in Human Communication

  • COMM 571: Organizational Communication in the Digital Age

  • COMM 578: Interpersonal Communication

  • COMM 581: Applied Organizational Communication

  • COMM 586: Processes of Group Communication

  • COMM 590: Intercultural Communication

  • COMM 595: Independent Study in Communication

  • COMM 596: Graduate Internship in Communication


Capstone Options (6 hours)

  • Non-Thesis Capstone Option
    Students selecting the Non-thesis Capstone Option will complete 6 additional hours, which may come from the Organizational Communication, electives, or Human Communication electives, or, with approval, from other graduate programs outside the department, as appropriate with the planned course of study. Students selecting the Non-Thesis Capstone Option will also complete written Comprehensive Examinations.

  • Thesis Capstone Option
    Students completing a Thesis will enroll in 6 hours of COMM 599: Thesis Research/Writing. The thesis will culminate in an oral defense of the project.

 

Total Credit Hours: 30

Jieyoung Kong, Ph.D.
Jieyoung Kong, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Graduate Academic Program Coordinator


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 Last Modified 10/26/22