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
CMN 6010Strategic Communication Management3
CMN 6020Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication3
CMN 6910Organizational Communication Assessment3
Complete two of the following:6
Communication Networks and Managing Information
Intercultural Communication
Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication


CMN 6940Projects for Professionals4


Elective Courses

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

Complete at least two courses: 4-12
Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics
Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
Foundations of Professional Communication
Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
Crisis Communication
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
Strategies for Cross-Cultural Facilitation and Negotiation
Personal and Career Development
Web Creation Boot Camp
Web Creation for Content Management Systems
International Field Study Experience
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Human Resources Management

Required Courses
HRM 6015Introduction to Human Resources Management3
HRM 6025Workforce Analytics3
HRM Concentration Electives
Note: Students who take HRM 6015 select three elective courses; students waived from HRM 6015 select four elective courses:9-12
Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices
Compensation and Benefits
Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
The Employment Contract
Strategic Workforce Planning
Managing the Employee Life Cycle
Employee Engagement
Organizational Design
Global Human Resources Management

Public and Media Relations

Required Courses
PBR 6100Introduction to Public Relations3
PBR 6135Public Relations Strategy and Planning3
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
Crisis Communication
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility
Public Relations Content Development
Advanced Public Relations Content Development


Required Courses
CMN 6200Strategic Communications Advisor: Roles and Responsibilities3
LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3
LDR 6101Professional Leadership Lab/Core LDR Experience1
Leadership Electives
Complete three of the following:9
Managing Communication Resources
Management Symposium
Leading Teams
Global Leadership
Innovation and Organizational Transformation

Project Management

Required Courses
Note: Students with project management experience are not required to take PJM 5900:
PJM 5900Foundations of Project Management4
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
PJM 6005Project Scope Management3
PJM 6025Project Scheduling and Cost Planning3
PJM 6015Project Risk Management3
Project Management Elective
Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are not required to take a course in this section.
Complete one of the following:3
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Project Quality Management
Managing Troubled Projects
Communication Skills for Project Managers
Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management

Social Media 

Required Course
DGM 6285Interactive Marketing Fundamentals4
Complete 12–16 quarter hours from the following: 12-16
Consumer Behaviors in the Online Environment
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
Digital Marketing Analytics
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Research Methods for Global User Experiences
Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation

Cross-Cultural Communication

Required Courses
CMN 6085Strategies for Cross-Cultural Facilitation and Negotiation3
CMN 6095Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness3
Complete 9 quarter hours from one of the following:9
Social Justice Track
Introduction to Public Relations
Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
Global Human Resources Management
International Track
Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
Global Leadership
International Field Study Experience