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Master’s Concentration

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to reaching communication goals that position organizations for success. In this concentration, you’ll gain the skills needed to advance equity and inclusion as an integrated part of communications strategy. Learn about the historical, cultural, and economic factors that shape identity, and apply appropriate tools and inclusive practices to communicate in a way that is resonant for diverse stakeholders. This concentration seamlessly integrates a crucial equity-centered skillset into your Communication Management curriculum and can help take your career to the next level by empowering you to be an agent for change.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree


As few as 18 months

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Skills You’ll Learn

Develop practices that advance equity as an integrated component of organizational strategy

Design strategic communication solutions that meaningfully leverage diversity to achieve organizational goals

Solve communication challenges by leveraging data, theory, and critical thinking


Master of Arts in Communication Management with a concentration in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).



Core Courses




Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

COMM 4045 Applied Critical Thinking in Communication
COMM 4900 Communication Inquiry, Analysis, and Trends
COMM 4905 Storytelling through Research and Measurement
COMM 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

GS 4020 Culture, Identity, and Power
GS 4050 Diversity and Organizational Structure
HRA 4170 The Inclusive Organization
ORL 4420 Leading Change for Transformation
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Communication Management program include:

COMM 4035 Cultural Intelligence through Communication
COMM 4016 Persuasion and Influence
COMM 4010 Business Insights for Communicators
COMM 4150 Reputation Management & Crisis Communication
COMM 4006 Building High-Performing Teams
ORL 4125 Evaluate and Sustain Change
ORL 4400 Leading Strategic Planning in Organizations

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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Search and Mobile Marketing

Badge Requirements

Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

COMM 4325 Search Marketing
COMM 4318 Mobile Marketing



Digital Content Strategy & Optimization

Badge Requirements

Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

COMM 4320 Social Media Strategy
COMM 4321 Integrated Digital Marketing



Data-Driven Storytelling

Badge Requirements

Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

COMM 4324 Marketing Analytics
COMM 4905 Storytelling through Research and Measurement



Strategic Marketing & Brand Management

Badge Requirements

Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

COMM 4140 Marketing Strategy and Process
COMM 4301 Brand Management Strategies



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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations

Companies that are more diverse in gender and ethnicity are more profitable, and a recent survey found that most large companies were deepening their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The diversity of the American public continues to grow; Gen Z is the most racially diverse U.S. generation, with approximately 48 percent identifying as non-white. As diversity grows, cultural competence will be a crucial skill for professionals that work with diverse populations.

Eighty-four percent of HR executives polled by Gallup said their company is putting more money into DEI, and an analysis by LinkedIn showed that VP of Diversity and Inclusion is a top-10 fastest growing job in 2024.

Job Titles

DEI Communications Manager
Inclusion and Engagement Manager
Internal Communications Manager
Inclusion & Diversity Communications Director
DEI Communications Consultant
Diversity Communications Specialist
DEI Program Coordinator
Public Relations Director
Global Communications Manager




Diversity Program Manager Salary: National Average



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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Megan Castle

Communications Manager, Department of Transportation

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Erin Iwata

VP, Digital Marketing Heinrich Marketing

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Rich Khleif

Senior Director-Communications, Connections, & Customer, Insights Oracle

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Lora Ledermann

Scream Agency

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Andy Mountain

President, GBSM

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Bob Noguiera

Director Human Resources, West Division Comcast Cable

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Julie Reeves

Vice President Marketing, Rachio



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