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Business and Professional Communication

Master of Arts Degree

Become an effective communicator who can mobilize others, gain critical information and insights, and lead with confidence.

You will learn to think critically about the professional communications issues that impact the business world on a daily basis, prepared to assess complex communications challenges and implement innovative solutions.

In addition to completing the Core Communications courses listed below, choose from among seven concentrations that allow you to further specialize in your desired field.

  • Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Executive Coaching
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management
  • Trans-National and Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

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Courses in the major include:

This course is an overview of foundations for professional success in business and professional communication. Emphasis is placed on applying communication and management theories to practices in contemporary organizations, implementing optimal interpersonal communication strategies, and deploying advantageous group communication strategies. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course examines theories, readings, and best practices surrounding written communication strategies to empower students with effective and efficient communication skills. Primary focus is on planning strategically and writing professionally to produce emails, short reports/white papers and presentations to achieve desired results. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
New communication technologies enable a shift from static information for clearly defined stakeholders to dynamic communities of interest with blurred lines of responsibility and leadership. Students in this course investigate organizational changes fostered by electronic collaboration, social networking, idea sharing, and knowledge building. Students experiment with new communication tools and analyze readings about the impact of rapidly changing methods of communication on organizational cultures. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course examines organizational communication and leadership from distinct perspectives, including symbolic, political, structural, and human resources. The course also focuses on designing, implementing, and assessing interventions for improving leadership communication in organizations. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course is a study of the causes and resolution of conflict. Emphasis is placed on the theory and practice of negotiation as a primary means of resolving conflict. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Students examine the principles and practices of ethical behaviors at individual, organizational and social levels, and how decision making reflects ethical principles. In addition, students address appropriate organizational responses to ethical dilemmas and effective modes for communicating such responses. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
In this course, students develop the knowledge and communication skills necessary to thrive in an intercultural world. The course addresses the importance of intercultural communication; the relationships among culture, communication, and identity; and common cultural patterns. Emphasis is placed on the roles of language and nonverbal communication and the development of intercultural communication skills. Students will research and discuss best practices for professional behavioral expectations and for confronting problems and misconceptions whether conducting business locally or globally. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This capstone course requires students to communicate a comprehensive understanding of accumulated knowledge and skills by identifying, analyzing, and proposing solutions to a managerial communication problem in the workplace. Students will make a multi-media presentation of their findings. Prerequisite: 18 credits in the Business and Professional Communication Core.

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