Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Organizational Communication

Organizational Communication


The Master of Organizational Communication is a non-thesis degree, requiring a total of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. Twenty-seven (27) hours make up Department of Communication core requirements and nine (9) additional hours are to be taken as electives. The variety of courses included will allow the student to focus on a single area of interest. On the other hand, some students might wish to take a more general approach, spreading the electives over several areas.

All students must pass a written comprehensive examination. Successful completion of the exam will require that the student pull together in a meaningful way the major theories, knowledge base, technologies, and practices covered in the required courses. A committee of graduate faculty members will determine whether the student passes or fails the exam.

Core Requirements (27 hours)

COMM 616 Organizational Comm Training, Assessment, and Development (3 hours)
COMM 619 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)
COMM 620 Organizational Culture and Diversity Issues (3 hours)
COMM 621 Organizational Communication Campaigns (3 hours)
COMM 625 Ethical and Legal Issues in Organizational Communication (3 hours)
COMM 631 New Technologies and Organizational Communication (3 hours)
COMM 648 Writing for Special Interest and New Media (3 hours)
COMM 671 Theories of Organizational Communication (3 hours)
COMM 691 Research Methods in Organizational Communication (3 hours)

Total 27 hours


Electives (9 hours)
Students must take 9 semester hours, chosen from the following courses. The student may elect to take 9 hours in one of the concentrations listed below, or to spread the 9 hours over two or three areas. Credit will not be accepted toward graduation if a student has completed a similar or companion 400 level course for any elective.

COMM 501 Scholastic Journalism (3 hours)
COMM 510 Intercultural Communication (3 hours)
COMM 513 Business and Professional Speaking (3 hours)
COMM 518 Small Group Communication (3 hours)
COMM 551 Media Management and Economics (3 hours)
COMM 558 International Communication and Media (3 hours)
COMM 561 Media Criticism (3 hours)
COMM 563 Writing for Public Relations (3 hours)
COMM 569 Video Documentary Production (3 hours)
COMM 633 Communicating Leadership (3 hours)
COMM 665 Strategic Public Relations (3 hours)
COMM 667 Public Relations Theory and Practice (3 hours)
COMM 669 Public Relations Issue and Crisis Management (3 hours)
COMM 699 Special Topics in Communication (3 hours)
ENGL 548 Advanced Professional and Technical Writing (3 hours)
ENGL 647 Writing for a Professional Audience (3 hours)
HS 622 Stress Management Programming (3 hours)
HS 635 Worksite Health Promotion (3 hours)
HS 638 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hours)
MRKT 575 Current Marketing Issues (3 hours)
MRKT 623 Marketing Communication (3 hours)
MRKT 673 Marketing Administration (3 hours)
NURS 528 Management of Health Service Organizations (3 hours)
PSYC 575 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 hours)
SOC 601 Complex Organizations (3 hours)
SOC 602 Social Stratification/Structured Inequality (3 hours)
SOC 607 Social Policy I (3 hours)
SOC 608 Social Policy II (3 hours)
SOC 698 Special Topics in Applied Sociology (3 hours)


Requirements for Registering for Courses

Organizational Communication M.A. students will adhere to the following registration policies:

  1. All students must have an approved degree plan on file with the Department of Communication.
  2. All Organizational Communication M.A. students must have completed the GRE by the end of their first semester of enrollment.
  3. All students must obtain the Graduate Coordinator's written authorization for each course prior to registration each semester. Advising for all graduate courses is mandatory.
  4. All students can substitute other courses to replace curriculum requirements or electives only with the department head's approval.
  5. All students who have earned 12 cumulative hours must have earned regular admission status. Students who early registered for courses with the intent of gaining regular admission status after completing 12 cumulative hours but who did not earn regular admission status will be removed from the rolls of their courses.
  6. All students who enroll in courses beyond the 12-hour limit must be admitted to candidacy for the master's degree.