Master of Arts in the Field of Communication Management

The Communication Program in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of master of arts in the field of communication management. Communication management explores systematic planning, implementing, monitoring, and revising of communication messages and processes (including technology and networks) within and across organizations. The program is designed to meet the needs of a diverse pool of students with varying career aspirations in this growing field. The curriculum provides advanced instruction in:

  1. Analyzing and developing strategies to enhance communication management functions in intercultural, organizational, public, and health contexts.  
  2. Activating critical thinking, and strategic oral and written communication skills, applicable across multiple communication contexts.
  3. Planning, implementing, and actively facilitating communication management-related training and interventions to individuals, groups, and organizations in various contexts.
  4. Preparing for admission to doctoral programs in communication and related disciplines (such as international affairs, organizational sciences, public health).

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses, and 15 credits accruing from one of the following options: thesis option (6 credits in thesis, 9 elective credits either from the COMM electives list or from the non-COMM electives list); or non-thesis option (15 elective credits with a minimum of 6 credits from the COMM electives list).

COMM 6150Persuasion
or ORSC 6224 Persuasion and Negotiation
COMM 6100Communication Theory
COMM 6110Research Methods in Communication
COMM 6171Professional Communication
COMM 6190Leadership Communication
Methods courses
One of the following:
STAT 6104Statistics in Management, Administration, and Policy Studies
DNSC 6202Statistics for Managers
PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PUBH 8417Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
PSYC 8257Current Topics in Social Psychology
Required for the Thesis Option
COMM 6199Master's Thesis (taken for six credits )
One of the following for the thesis option or two for the non-thesis option, as approved by the advisor:
COMM 6174Intercultural Communication
COMM 6172Health Communication
COMM 6242Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
or ORSC 6242 Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
COMM 6165Organizational and Communication Networks
COMM 6189Intercultural Negotiation
ORSC 6243Seminar: Leadership in Complex Organizations
COMM 6196Independent Study
One of the following for the thesis option or two for the non-thesis option, as approved by the advisor:
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology
DNSC 6247Organization, Management, and Leadership
DNSC 6290Special Topics (Communication Strategy in Project Management)
EDUC 6530Intercultural Campus Leadership
HOL 6704Leadership in Organizations
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IBUS 6201International Marketing
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
MGT 6210Leading Teams
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
ORSC 6212Current Issues in Personnel Testing and Selection
ORSC 6214Personnel Training and Performance Appraisal Systems
PMGT 6404Principled Political Leadership
PMGT 6402Applied Political Communications
PSYC 8243Seminar: Psychology of Leadership in Organizations
PSYC 8248Research Applications to Organizational Intervention and Change
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6570Advanced Public Health Communication: Theory and Practice
SMPA 6202Media Effects, Public Opinion, and Persuasion
SMPA 6204Strategic Political Communication