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Master of Arts in Organizational Communication

The Master of Arts in Organizational Communication prepares students for a variety of careers and pursuits in which advanced communication study is helpful, including management, public relations, personnel relations, education, training, sales, and marketing. Our mission is to provide graduate students with an engaging, challenging, and rewarding program that integrates communication theory, practice, and problem-based research.

With a focus on applied organizational communication, our vibrant and active program includes coursework in interpersonal, health, and intercultural communication to provide a well-rounded academic program for students wanting to advance in professional and academic endeavors. Many of our graduates find success in diverse organizational settings and join quality doctoral programs around the country. 

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Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following to the Graduate Studies Office:

  • An application

  • Undergraduate transcripts reflecting all undergraduate studies and an earned undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00

  • An academic writing sample

  • Letter of intent discussing:

    • Academic and/or professional experiences

    • Goals in pursuing graduate studies in communication

    • Areas of interest in the communication discipline

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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 10/17/23