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 6080Intercultural Communication 3
CMN 6090Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication3
CMN 6100Communication Networks and Managing Information3
CMN 6910Organizational Communication Assessment3


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 three of the following:4-12
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
Integrative Experiential Learning
International Field Study Experience
Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals
Collecting User Data
Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
Strategies for Cross-Cultural Facilitation and Negotiation
Foundations of Professional Communication
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 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
Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility


Required Courses
LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3
LDR 6110Leading Teams3
LDR 6120Developing Organizational Leadership3
LDR 6150Innovation and Organizational Transformation3
Leadership Elective
Complete one of the following:3
Ethical Leadership
Strategy Development and Implementation

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 Electives
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 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

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

Cross-Cultural Communication

Required Courses
CMN 6082
CMN 6085Strategies for Cross-Cultural Facilitation and Negotiation3
Complete 12 quarter hours from one of the following:12
Social Justice Track
Introduction to Public Relations
Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
High-Performance Human Resources Systems and Development
International Track
Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
Global Leadership
International Field Study Experience

Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development

Required Courses
CMN 6200Strategic Communications Advisor: Roles and Responsibilities3
CMN 6201Managing Communication Resources3
CMN 6202Management Symposium3
Complete nine quarter hours:9
Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
Developing Organizational Leadership
Project Management Practices
Leading Remote Project Teams
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance