Communication Studies (Leadership Communication) - Master of Arts (Online)

The professional master's degree in organizational leadership is designed to equip students to develop effective leadership skills in individual, group, team, and organizational contexts for professionals who work in organizations of any type (private, government, non-profit). The program will help students master effective leadership in a time of dynamic change in global business, diversity, technology, and digital skills. The degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework, at least 15 credits of coursework must be completed in the Communication Studies Department, and the final 3 credits of coursework must be project hours (COMM 5994 MA Project ). All courses are offered online and taught asynchronously in 8-week formats. If a student wishes up to 15 credits of courses taken outside of Communication Studies can count toward the degree as long as the Leadership Communication Concentration is completed in Communication Studies. 

This concentration requires 15 credits of coursework in Communication Studies. All courses are offered online and taught asynchronously in 8-week formats. A GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained overall and grades in each course must be a B or better. Two courses (6 credits) with numbers 4220+ can be counted.

Prefix Title Credits
Degree Requirements
COMM 4530Leadership Communication3
COMM 5230Strategic Communication3
COMM 5510Organizational Communication3
COMM 5560Ethics & Diversity in Leadership Communication3
COMM 5994MA Project1-6
Interdisciplinary or Communication Electives
Take an additional 15 credits from any department, including Communication Studies 115
International Communication3
Political Communication3
Communication Technologies3
Persuasion Theory3
Family Communication3
Communication and Culture3
Nonverbal Communication3
Case Studies in Leadership Communication3
Management of Change, Diffusion, and Adoption of Innovations3
Large Scale Systems Engineering3
Topics in Engineering Administration3
Total Credits28-33

One course (3 credits) with the number 4220+ can be counted. Coordinate with your advisor to select appropriate courses to meet this requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
COMM 4530 Leadership Communication 3
COMM 5230 Strategic Communication 3
COMM 5550 Case Studies in Leadership Communication 3
COMM 5560 Ethics & Diversity in Leadership Communication 3
COMM 5510 Organizational Communication 3
COMM 5994 MA Project 1-6
Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 1 9
 Total Credits28-33

Interdisciplinary or Communication Electives