Organizational Communication (Master's)
The Organizational Communication master’s concentration is ideal if you’re an early or mid-career communicator seeking to improve your ability to manage communication processes, navigate the complexities of groups and teams, and become a more responsive communication professional. You’ll enhance and deepen your interpersonal, organizational and managerial communications skills by increasing your ability to adeptly manage crisis, handle change, and skillfully resolve organizational challenges. By analyzing and critiquing barriers to effective communication, you will learn to make the best use of persuasion, negotiation, and cultural awareness through courses led by practitioner-faculty.
You’ll learn to:
- Apply communication management skills to ensure productive outcomes
- Overcome barriers to effective communication
- Present to and persuade an array of stakeholders in a variety of circumstances
MA in Communication Management with a concentration in Organizational Communication requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core 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. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- COMM 4020 - Communication in Professions and Organizations
- COMM 4045 - Applied Critical Thinking in Communication
- COMM 4050 - Communication and Society: Theories and Applications
- COMM 4905 - Graduate Social Research Methods
- COMM 4901 - COMM Capstone Project
- COMM 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- COMM 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
- COMM 4920 - Portfolio Capstone
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.
- COMM 4002 - Effective Facilitation and Presentation
- COMM 4006 - Communicating Effectively in Groups and Teams
- COMM 4016 - Persuasion Methods & Techniques
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Communication Management programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Communication Management programs include:
- COMM 4030 - Managing Learning in Organizations
- COMM 4035 - Intercultural Communication
- COMM 4140 - Marketing Strategy and Process
- COMM 4144 - Public Relations Principles and Process
- COMM 4150 - Dimensions of Reputation Management
- COMM 4221 - Mediation Principles and Practice
- COMM 4270 - Forty Hour Mediation
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Careers in Organizational Communication
Internal Communication Specialist, Business Communications Manager, Communications Manager, Communications Director, Events Coordinator, Media and Communications Manager, Account Executive
Assisting management with matters related to client and employee communications; coordinating the regular production of routine publications; developing and maintaining contact and distribution lists; editing marketing and other materials for print and web publication; facilitating electronic and face-to-face communications programs; participating in strategic planning and development processes, planning promotional, fundraising, and other special events; researching and compiling data to draft written materials; serving as a spokesperson for community and public relations purposes
Help manage the message—to both customers and employees—for organizations seeking to build and maintain their brand. Whether you opt to work for a private, non-profit, or government organization, your communication skills will be in high demand. While effective communication skills can be used in any role at any organization, the knowledge gained from this program will be particularly useful if you choose to take on an internal or external communication specialist role.
Careers in Communication Management
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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