Masters Courses

The Master of Organizational Communication is a 36-hour, non-thesis degree.

All students must complete nine core classes (27 credits) and then three elective classes (9 credits) as part of a concentration. 

Note: Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Organizational Communication Masters Program will begin a new curriculum format for our 27-credit core.  Rather than having all students take the same nine core courses, we have expanded the number of core courses to 12.  

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To complete the core, students must take four (4) required courses (626, 627, 671 and 691) and then choose  five of the remaining eight core courses.  

The 12 core classes are as follows:

  • COMM 616: Communication Training Assessment and Development

  • COMM 619: Advanced Interpersonal Communication

  • COMM 620: Organizational Culture and Diversity Issues

  • COMM 621: Organizational Communication Campaigns

  • COMM 626: Legal Issues in Org. Comm. (New Course/Required)

  • COMM 627: Ethical Issues in Org. Comm. (New Course/Required)

  • COMM 631: New Technologies and Organizational Communication

  • COMM 633: Communication Leadership (New Course)

  • COMM 648: Writing for Special Interests and New Media

  • COMM 649: Editing and Design (New Course)

  • COMM 671: Theories of Organizational Communication (Required)

  • COMM 691: Research Methods in Organizational Communication (Required

[Class Descriptions are found in the University Catalog - Starting on page 463/PDF Version]

Although subject to change, the courses will be offered in this rotation.  The Semester One group of classes will be offered in the fall of 2015 and the groups will then rotate spring/fall. None of the groups will run over the summer.  Required classes are in Italics. 

Semester One

COMM 620

COMM 648

COMM 691 

Semester Two  

COMM 626

COMM 631

COMM 649  

Semester Three  

COMM 616

COMM 621

COMM 627

Semester Four  

COMM 619

COMM 633

COMM 671 


Comprehensive Exams

Every student will take both a written and oral comprehensive exam covering the content contained in their nine core courses during either their final semester or the following semester.  It is the student's choice which semester to take the exam.

The student must pass this comprehensive exam in order to be granted a Masters of Organizational Communication.  

While the department wishes for every student to pass the exams on his or her first try, this doesn't always happen.  A student is only allowed to fail 30 percent of his or her exams on the first attempt.  To deal with the portion the student failed the committee can elect to have the student write additional answers, meet with professors for additional oral exams or retake the exams in full.  The student must pass the Comprehensive Exam in full on the second attempt. No third attempt is allowed. 

Elective Coursework

Students have much more leeway in choosing their three elective classes. There are four specific and a general Concentration available from which to choose the nine required credits. 

The Concentrations are as follows. Students would choose one Concentration and then nine credits from that Concentration.  Each course is three credits.


COMM 501

COMM 551

COMM 556

COMM 561

COMM 593

COMM 595


Public Relations    

COMM 563

COMM 565

COMM 567

COMM 558





COMM 585

And two courses 

chosen from Health





Sociology 601

Sociology 602

Sociology 607

Sociology 698




 The General Concentration simply offers students a combination of the four concentrations above plus English, Special Topic and Independent Study courses. 

Please Note: Graduate students may only take one internship (COMM 659) during his or her time in the program.  That internship may not be substituted for a core course.  If the student wishes to take a second internship, we encourage it but we will not offer credit for it. Furthermore, internship credit is only given for positions granted to students outside of their current work.  You will not be given internship credit for a job you already hold coming into the program or a job you use as a source of income.

Please Note: Independent Study credits (COMM 699) are seldom granted in the program. They are seen as special cases and awarded only to students who are demonstrating a strong, viable reason to be granted one. 

The following is a representative, but certainly not exhaustive list. Please see the Communication Course Descriptions for more available classes with 500-level components. 

Comm. 501 - Scholastic JournalismStudents at Earth Day Celebration
Comm. 510 - Intercultural Communication
Comm. 513 - Business and Professional Speaking
Comm. 518 - Small Group Communication
Comm. 551 - Media Management and Economics

Comm. 556 - Social and Ethical Issues

Comm. 558 - International Communication and Media

Comm. 561 - Media Criticism
Comm. 563 - Writing for Public Relations
Comm. 569 - Video Documentary Production

Comm. 593 - History of Mass Communication

Comm. 595 - Opinion Writing

 English 548 - Advanced Professional and Technical Writing

English 647 - Writing for a Professional Audience 
Health Studies 622 - Stress Management Programming
Health Studies 635 -Worksite Health Promotion
Health Studies 638 - Program, Planning and Evaluation

Nursing 656 - Legal and Regulatory Issues

Psychology 575 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Humanities 500 - Special Topics in Linguistics 

For more information about courses or Concentrations, contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Joe Burns, at or by phone at (985) 549-3694.