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 6050Crisis Communication3
CMN 6090Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication3
CMN 6100Communication Networks and Managing Information3
CMN 6910Organizational Communication Assessment3

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
Personal Branding
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Personal and Career Development
Integrative Experiential Learning
International Field Study Experience
Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals

Concentration

Complete one of the following six concentrations:

Concentration in Human Resource Management
HRM 6005Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices3
HRM 6010Total Compensation3
HRM 6020Strategic Recruitment, Training, and Performance Management3
HRM 6030Employee Rights and Employer Obligations3
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
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
Managing for Digital Media
Public Relations Research: Understanding External Audiences
Concentration in Leadership
Required Courses
LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3-6
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
Leadership Electives
Complete one of the following:
LDR 6135Ethical Leadership3
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
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
Complete two of the following:6-7
Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are required to take only one course in this section:
Foundations of Project Management
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Project Quality Management
Managing Troubled Projects
Portfolio Management in the Enterprise Environment
Concentration in Social Media and Online Communication
Complete five of the following:15-18
Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Content Strategy
Concentration in Usability/User Experience
Content Strategy
Web Accessibility for Technical Communicators
Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media
Prototyping
Collecting User Data

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required