Masters Courses

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

All students must complete the same required nine core classes (27 credits) and then three elective classes (9 credits). 

The required core classes are as follows: [Read class descriptions]

  • 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 625: Ethical and Legal Issues in Organizational Communication

  • COMM 631: New Technologies and Organizational Communication

  • COMM 648: Writing for Special Interests and New Media

  • COMM 671: Theories of Organizational Communication

  • COMM 691: Research Methods in Organizational Communication 

Although subject to change, the courses are normally offered on this schedule


COMM 616

COMM 619

COMM 621

COMM 671


COMM 631





COMM 620

COMM 625

COMM 648

COMM 691 


Every student will take a comprehensive exam covering the content contained in these 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.  This means passing nine separate tests; one on each of the nine core classes.

Students are allowed to fail up to three of the nine tests during their first attempt at the comprehensive exam.  Any failed tests must be retaken during the next semester and must be passed or the student will not receive a degree. 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.

News Media        

COMM 501

COMM 513

COMM 551

COMM 558

COMM 561

COMM 569

Public Relations    

COMM 563

COMM 665

COMM 667

COMM 669




Health Studies 622

Health Studies 635

Health Studies 638

Nursing 528




Sociology 604

Sociology 602

Sociology 607

Sociology 608

Sociology 698


The General Concentration simply offers students a combination of the four concentrations above plus English and Independent Study courses. Students may also choose from 400-level Communication courses that offer a 500-level component. 

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. 558 - International Communication and Media
Comm. 561 - Media Criticism
Comm. 563 - Writing for Public Relations
Comm. 569 - Video Documentary Production
Comm. 633 - Communicating Leadership
Comm. 665 - Strategic Public Relations
Comm. 667 - Public Relations Theory and Practice
Comm. 669 - Public Relations Issue and Crisis Management
Comm. 699 - Special Topics in Communication
English 548 - Advanced Professional and Technical Writing [English Course Descriptions]
English 647 - Writing for a Professional Audience [English Course Descriptions]
Health Studies 622 - Stress Management Programming
Health Studies 635 -Worksite Health Promotion
Health Studies 638 - Program, Planning and Evaluation
Nursing 528 - Management of Health Service Organizations
Sociology 601 - Complex Organizations
Sociology 602 - Social Stratification/Structured Inequality 

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