Progression Through the Part-Time Program
The part-time Master of Arts in Professional and Business Communication is a 36-credit program requiring all degree recipients to complete the following course:
- The core
- The Practicum I (COM 626) and the Practicum II (COM 627), after at least 27 graduate credits and COM 604
- The completion of 15 credits toward electives (which can be in a concentration)
Students must complete the program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. They have seven years from their first matriculation to complete all requirements for the degree.
Core and Degree Completion (7 courses for 21 credits)
COM 600 Applied Communication Theory
COM 601 Professional Communication Ethics
COM 602 Effective Presentations
COM 603 Strategies for Professional Writing
COM 604 Applied Communication Research Methods
COM 626 Practicum I (must have completed at least 27 graduate credits and COM 604 )
COM 627 Practicum II (must have completed at least 27 graduate credits and COM 604 and COM 626)
In addition to the core courses, students in the part-time program can complete concentrations in Communication Management, Communication Consulting and Development, and Public Relations. Alternatively students may take the General Professional Communication requirements. The offering of courses for the concentrations is dependent on student interest and enrollment.
The Communication Management concentration provides students with advanced theoretical understanding and practical skills needed for successful leadership in interpersonal, group, and organizational communication. Coursework emphasizes how communication competence is achieved through analysis, problem solving, teamwork, and conflict management. This track meets the needs of students in a variety of organizations who seek to improve their effectiveness as managers and leaders.
Communication Consulting and Development
The Communication Consulting and Development concentration provides students with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary for assessing and enhancing the performance of organizational leaders, members, and teams. Broadly, coursework focuses on organizational communication consulting and training and development. Specifically, students will learn to improve organizational communication processes by assessing communication needs and patterns, crafting and implementing plans for individual and team development, and assessing organizational or individual outcomes. This concentration is best suited for experienced students who wish to develop careers in organizational and change management consulting, training and development, meeting facilitation, and executive coaching.
Public relations is the management of communication between an organization and the publics upon which it depends and influences. This concentration seeks to develop students’ theoretical understanding of public relations as a strategic communication process and to enhance the practical skills necessary to implement and manage public relations activities. Students in this concentration typically are pursuing careers in corporate, nonprofit, or agency public relations.