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Course Work & Degree Programs

Students may pursue a 36-hour degree culminating in a Master's Academic/Professional Portfolio (MAPP) or a 30-hour degree that includes a thesis. After completion of two required courses, students can design their own customized programs from the courses in our curriculum.

Enrollment in most of our graduate courses is limited to 18 students. The seminar format allows students to receive individual attention and to explore research programs unique to their own interests. Most classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate working students.


Program Areas

Communication Training & Development

Students who focus on communication training and development explore the knowledge and skills needed to enhance communication performance. Courses may include Communication Training and Development, Organizational Communication, and Communication Assessment. A Certificate in Corporate Communication and Training is also available to students who complete a prescribed nine-hours curriculum.

Health Communication

Students who focus on health communication investigate the essential role of communication in health situations through a variety of courses that may include Health Communication, Critical Health Rhetoric, Communication in Health Organization, and Relational Health Communication. Coursework in health communication explores topics such as barriers to patient and provider interactions, health communication leadership, health disparities, healthcare training and assessment, health in relationships, and healthcare team of effectiveness.

Instructional Communication

Students who focus on instructional communication find a broad array of courses that prepare them for a career in teaching. Courses in this area include Instructional Communication and Communication Assessment. Students are also encouraged to take courses related to communication curricula typically found in community colleges, such as interpersonal communication and group communication.

Interpersonal Communication

Students who focus on interpersonal communication investigate the role of communication in the development and maintenance of human relationships. Courses in this area include Interpersonal Communication as well as courses that allow students to study interpersonal communication in a variety of contexts such as close relationships (Relational Communication) and families (Family Communication).

Organizational Communication

Students who focus on organizational communication to investigate the structure, function, and process of communication in organizations in order to enhance organizational effectiveness. Key courses include: Organizational Communication, Negotiation, and Advanced Organizational Communication Analysis and Development.

Rhetorical Studies

Students who focus on rhetorical studies investigate the power of symbols to shape perception and alter attitudes. Courses in this area offer a broad overview of rhetorical theory and rhetorical methods, and they allow students to focus on rhetoric in specific contexts including Political Communication, Organizational Rhetoric, and Media Criticism.


Study Abroad

Dr. Steven Beebe regularly takes students to Oxford University on a month-long study abroad course to learn about the master communicator, C.S. Lewis. This trip is available to both undergraduate and graduate students from all departments and is available for Honors credit. This is your opportunity to learn about communication while exploring the beautiful sites of England. Read more about the opportunity here.