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.
For regular admission the applicant must have:
- 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.
- A resume or vita.
- Two professional letters of recommendation.
- 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
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.
The student must maintain a 3.0 overall average of all graduate courses completed.
|Research in Communication and Leadership|
or LEAD 7100
|Practical Research in Leadership Settings|
|Communication and Leadership in the Public Arena|
or LEAD 7150
|Leadership in the Public Arena: From Ideas to Action|
|Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts|
|Professional Communication and Leadership Internship|
or LEAD 7900
|Comprehensive Project in Professional Communication and Leadership|
|Professional Communication Strategies|
|Plain Language in Workplace Writing|
|Students select four courses from the list below:||12|
|Social Marketing for Health Communication|
|Selected Topics in Communication|
|Theories of Mass Communication|
|Public Relations Campaigns in Health and Science|
|Applied Crisis Communication Theory|
|Selected Topics in Communication|
|Communication and Conflict|
|Communication and Gender|
|Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace|
or WRIT 5330G
|Professional Communication Presentation Skills|
|Communication Training and Development|
|Selected Topics in Leadership Studies|
|Contemporary Issues in Leadership|
|Independent Study in Professional Communication and Leadership|
|Leadership and Group Dynamics|
|Writing for the Nonprofit Sector|
|Advanced Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture|
|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|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.
Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)