The College of Communication and the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of its new Master of Arts in Communication program. This rigorous program is designed to sharpen students' communication competencies and knowledge base in a dynamic and highly interactive environment reflecting real-world scenarios.
The 36-credit campus-based program offers two areas of study, Digital Communication and Communication Technologies and Communication in Organizations.
Digital Communication and Communication Technologies focuses on communication technologies in corporations, organization and human relations including device usage, adoptions and applications. Courses include Theory and Practice of Digital Communication, the Internet and Communication, New Media, Organizations, and Culture, and Communication Technologies Ethics.
Communication in Organizations explores enhancing workplace communication capabilities by focusing on decision making and problem solving within employee relations, management communication and digital interaction. Courses include Introduction to Organizational Communication, Organizational Culture, Training & Development, and Employee Relations.
Program Director and Professor Renee Robinson notes, "Understanding communication, its components and complexities equips us with the power to be change agents. If you're interested in creating, exploring and transforming your career, community or broader world, our program can help you initiate that academic or professional conquest."
Foundational to both areas of study is a unique course, Communication Portfolio, designed to assist students from a variety of backgrounds in meeting and demonstrating individual goals in both personal and professional settings. Upon completion of the program and portfolio course, students complete the program with a robust portfolio that showcases communication skills and abilities – a virtual dossier that can be shared with potential employers or included with applications for advanced studies.
"The launch of this exciting new program puts the College in a prime position to prepare graduate students for both careers and further educational studies," says Deirdre Yates, dean of the College of Communication and the Arts. "The concentrated tracks provide students the opportunity to study, understand and ultimately master the nuanced trends and methods of communication in both broad and specific settings. We're thrilled to introduce this innovative and challenging new program."
Admission to the program is competitive and applicants are invited to apply for entry in either the Fall or Spring semesters. Qualified applicants will be considered for available Dean's Graduate Scholarships and a limited number of full-tuition scholarships are available both within the College and University at-large.
Professor Robinson also notes, "A priority for the new program is to encourage stronger and better linkages between undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate programs (M.A.) in communication. As a result, students have the option to pursue the standalone M.A. program, or qualified undergraduate students can complete both their B.A. and M.A. degrees in an accelerated fashion, streamlining the approach to cohesively pursue their career aspirations and goals."
"The dual-program is designed to challenge students academically throughout the college experience," she adds. "It also requires the program faculty to constantly reassess curricular modifications that include student performance indicators and feedback across the undergraduate and graduate student experience leading to the constant evolution and delivery of a curriculum reflective of societal and student need."
Students interested in the B.A./M.A. Communication program are encouraged to apply during their sophomore year and would begin coursework during their junior year.
In addition to the M.A. in Communication and the B.A./M.A. programs, the College offers additional Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a joint M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, are offered.
For more information about the new Master of Arts in Communication program, please contact Ryan Hudes, Ph.D., or visit the program page »