Corporate and Organizational Communication, MS

Across all industries and professions, strong written and oral communication skills are essential to success. Whether you are seeking to advance in a communications-related field or get ahead in your current organization, this program seeks to provide the practical knowledge and valuable perspectives you need to communicate across a variety of contexts and situations.

From negotiation and writing to crisis management and public speaking, the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication degree program examines topics that are critical to effective organizational communication. Incorporating best practices, case studies, and classroom learning, courses within this innovative master’s degree in communication address complex communication challenges, seeking to provide you with a distinct advantage in today’s competitive marketplace.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

Note: Introduction to Organizational Communication (CMN 6000) is required for students who do not have any professional experience in communication. Students with professional communication experience should begin the program with Strategic Communication Management (CMN 6010):

CMN 6000
and INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication
and Writing Lab
3-4
CMN 6010Strategic Communication Management3
CMN 6020Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication3
CMN 6080Intercultural Communication 3
CMN 6090Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication3
CMN 6100Communication Networks and Managing Information3
CMN 6910Organizational Communication Assessment3
Capstone Course Options
Complete one of the following:3
Integrative Experiential Learning
Projects for Professionals

Elective Courses

Note: Students who take Introduction to Organizational Communication (CMN 6000) are only required to take two courses in this section.

Complete three of the following:5-10
Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
Crisis Communication
Personal Branding
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Personal and Career Development
Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations
Integrative Experiential Learning
International Field Study Experience
Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals

Concentration

Complete one of the following eight concentrations:

Concentration in Human Resource Management
HRM 6005Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices3
HRM 6010Compensation and Benefits3
HRM 6020Talent Acquisition and Onboarding3
HRM 6030The Employment Contract3
HRM 6040High-Performance Human Resources Systems and Development3
Concentration in Public and Media Relations
Required Courses
PBR 6100Introduction to Public Relations3
PBR 6130Public Relations Writing Seminar 13
PBR 6140Public Relations Writing Seminar 23
PBR 6710Public Relations Research: Understanding External Audiences3
Public and Media Relations Electives
Complete two of the following:6-7
Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Public Relations Legal Issues
Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility
Concentration in Leadership
Required Courses
LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3-6
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6150Transforming Organizations3
Leadership Elective
Complete one of the following:3
Ethical Leadership
Strategic Leadership
Concentration in Project Management
Required Courses
Note: Students with project management experience are not required to take PJM 5900:
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
PJM 5900Foundations of Project Management4
PJM 6025Project Scheduling and Cost Planning3
PJM 6015Project Risk Management3
Project Management Electives
Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are required to take only one course in this section.
Complete two of the following:6-7
Foundations of Project Management
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Project Quality Management
Managing Troubled Projects
Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
Concentration in Social Media and Online Communication
Complete five of the following (CMN 6025, 6045, and 6065 are required):15-18
Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media ((Students may waiver CMN 6015 if they have social media experience. Please consult with your academic advisor.))
Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
Complete one (or two, if CMN 6015 has been waived) of the following:
Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Content Strategy
Consumer Behaviors in the Online Environment
Concentration in Usability/User Experience
TCC 6710Content Strategy4
TCC 6470Web Accessibility for Technical Communicators4
TCC 6490Usability Testing for Technical Communicators4
DGM 6268Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media4
TCC 6610Prototyping2
TCC 6620Collecting User Data2
Concentration in Cross-Cultural Communication
Required Courses
CMN 6082
CMN 6085Strategies for Cross-Cultural Facilitation and Negotiation3
Complete 12 quarter hours from one of the following:
Social Justice Track (suggested)
PBR 6100Introduction to Public Relations3
HSV 6120Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building3
ITC 6045Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility3
HRM 6040High-Performance Human Resources Systems and Development3
International Track (suggested)
GST 6100Globalization and Global Politics and Economics4
GST 6101Global Literacy, Culture, and Community4
LDR 6145Global Leadership3
INT 6900International Field Study Experience3,4
Concentration in Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development
Required Courses9
Strategic Communications Advisor: Roles and Responsibilities
Managing Communication Resources
Management Symposium
Complete 9 quarter hours:9
Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
Organizational Leadership
Project Management Practices
Leading Remote Project Teams
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required