Organizational Communication (Master's)
The Organizational Communication master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Improve your business communication skills within any industry and learn to effectively communicate verbally or written in an organizational, business, or interpersonal realm with a master's in Organizational Communication. Graduates will troubleshoot, resolve conflict, and diplomatically deal with strategic workforce issues such as operations, management, sales, marketing, business development, or technology. Professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach lead comprehensive classes offering master's degree students techniques in persuasion, presentation, negotiation, culture, and processes in the context of tactical communication.
Degree−seeking students in the Organizational Communication degree concentration will develop an understanding of various persuasion techniques and the theories and practice of group dynamics. Graduates broaden their awareness of and practice with business communication tools, concepts, and presentation tactics. A communication degree can be effectively utilized in any industry, as the goal of enhancing excellence with productive outcomes is the same across the board. Customize your Organizational and Professional Communication master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.
This degree prepares students to:
- Understand various persuasion techniques and a format for choosing which is most effective for given circumstances
- Develop awareness of and practice with business communication concepts, tools, and presentation techniques
- Understand theories and practice of group and team dynamics
- Identify barriers to effective communication and develop new skills to ensure productive outcomes
- Be change leaders through applying principles of change, critical change dynamics, and processes for knowledge transfer within organizations
Organizational and Professional Communication Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills across organizational, professional, and social settings
- Utilize knowledge of theoretical foundations and applied techniques to expand one's comfort level with communication choices across settings
- Display critical thinking processes: analyze, understand, and evaluate communication within organizations and as part of external professional situations
- Utilize creativity in constructing, assessing, and/or managing problem solving, decision making or conflict processes and interactions; demonstrate the ability to revise such processes for more effective outcomes as needed
- Understand the nature and needs of group/team processes as they relate to and operate within organizations
- Demonstrate social awareness, responsibility, and sensitivity for the communication required in culturally diverse groups
- Develop knowledge and skills within one or two communication specialties which enhance and clarify professional direction, career objectives, or personal development
MPS in Organizational and Professional Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs
Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.
Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)
Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs
The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
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Careers in Organizational Communication
Communications Specialist, Communications Director, Events Coordinator, Account Executive, Media and Communications Coordinator, Communications Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Business Communications Manager, Corporate Communications Associate, Internal or External Communication Specialist.
Coordinate, research, writing, strategic planning, development, training, collaboration, marketing, event planning, public relations, management, community relations.
New technologies are leading to new opportunities, particularly in the field of communications. While applied communication fundamentals continue to be necessary, new online media is reshaping the industry. One of seven key skills employers are seeking in 2013 includes writing, according to a report by US News and World Report. Candidates are often asked to have strong communication skills, and it’s more important than ever for candidates to have a solid writing ability whether they enter the communications field or go elsewhere.
Careers in Organizational and Professional Communication
Top communicators get the top rankings! Public relations specialists, marketing researchers, art directors, and marketing managers all placed among the top 100 best careers in a 2013 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. And although communication, public relations, and media jobs tend to be in larger, metropolitan areas, there is a trend that clearly shows a dispersal of job openings across the nation. Whether you're looking to enter creative services, mediation, media, training and development, or another communication field, the key is to prove ingenuity, resilience, and communication savvy.
Stay ahead of the curve!
New media, new technology, and new global opportunities are all the rage within the communication industry, as employers seek industrious professionals who have innovative skills and can bring something new and dynamic to the table. By next year, total marketing spend will have shifted drastically: interactive online marketing will reach $55 billion and search marketing will grow 15% per year to reach $32 billion. Those with an innate ability to generate creative solutions, think innovatively, and market themselves will likely excel within the organizational and professional communication field.
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