Professional Communication and Leadership M.A.

Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

Policies, Requirements and Standards

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership is designed to further professional development through coursework in written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking, and leadership. The program is directed toward both traditional and non-traditional students who are either already in the work force or are making the transition from an undergraduate degree to a professional setting. Unlike traditional master’s programs, which focus on developing skills in one specific discipline, the Professional Communication and Leadership program combines the interdisciplinary nature of liberal studies with a practical focus on professional development. Students who have a firm foundation in the arts and sciences are well positioned to advance professionally, but they often need specific skills that are not covered by traditional majors. This M. A. degree is designed to meet that specific need. The M.A. in Professional Communication and Leadership includes a core of courses in organizational communication, professional writing, and leadership, with elective courses available in written communication, small group communication, and conflict resolution, among others.

Admission Standards

Regular Admission

For regular admission the applicant must have:

  1. For regular admission the applicant must have:Official transcripts that demonstrate completion of requirements for the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. A 2.75 overall grade point average, OR a 2.50 overall grade point average with a minimum 2.75 major grade point average, on all undergraduate work is required.
  2. A resume or vita.
  3. Two professional letters of recommendation.
  4. Letter of Intent: A writing sample of 200-500 words that describes how an M. A. in Professional Communication and Leadership would help you meet your personal and professional goals.

Standards of Progression and Graduation

Time Limit

All degree requirements must be completed within seven years.

Program of Study

Students will formalize a program of study with their major advisor. Students are encouraged to apply for graduation two semesters before the anticipated date of graduation. A copy of the official program of study must accompany the candidate’s application. At least fifty percent of the program must be completed at the 6000-8000 levels. 

Graduation Requirements

The student must maintain a 3.0 overall average of all graduate courses completed.

Credit Hours
Core Courses18
Research in Communication and Leadership
Communication and Leadership in the Public Arena
Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts
Professional Communication and Leadership Internship
Advanced Technical Editing
Professional Communication Strategies
Students select four courses from the list below:12
Special Topics in Communication
Public Relations Campaigns in Health and Science
Applied Crisis Communication Theory
Health Communication
Selected Topics in Communication
Communication Theory
Communication and Conflict
Nonverbal Communication
Communication and Gender
Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
Family Communication
Rhetoric
Sociolinguistics
Professional Communication Presentation Skills
Communication Training and Development
Social Marketing for Health Communication
Selected Topics in Leadership Studies
Contemporary Issues in Leadership
Independent Study in Professional Communication and Leadership
Conflict Resolution
Leadership and Group Dynamics
Writing for the Nonprofit Sector
Publication Design
Cultural Rhetorics
Selected Topics in Writing and Linguistics
Managing Digital Documents
Usability and User Experience
Applied Ethics in Professional and Technical Communication
Rhetorics of Health and Medicine
Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition
Approved Elective
Total Credit Hours30