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Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs. Become a force in the field of strategic communication with our Master of Arts in Public Relations. Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs

Become a force in the field of strategic communication with our Master of Arts in Public Relations. You’ll learn what it takes to successfully target individuals and communities through the latest social media and emerging communication technologies. With three tracks to choose from in political communicationsports communication, and strategic public relations, as well as the chance to count prior work experience toward your degree, you can tailor your learning based on your career goals and achievements.

In this program, you will have the chance to:

  • Formulate crisis communication plans, perform speech writing, conduct polls, and learn public diplomacy
  • Develop strategic messaging and media plans for campaign events and sports organizations
  • Become an expert in creating online strategies for brand recognition using social media
  • Apply concepts of user experience design to websites, apps, online content, videos, and mobile communication

Our MA in Public Relations program is incredibly versatile—complete it part-time or full-time, anywhere from one to three years. You'll also have the unique opportunity to travel, taking advantage of our immersive learning experiences abroad in cities such as Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Rosarito, Barcelona, and more.

Ready to effect change? Apply today to our graduate program in Public Relations.

Can't commit to a full master's? Our 16-credit graduate certificate program allows career changers or professionals looking to re-tool in the industry with the credentials and experience necessary to compete for today’s top jobs. Learn more about the Public Relations Certificate.

In Demand in Today’s Market

In a marketplace flooded with information, every organization wants its message to be heard above the noise. That’s why there is such a high demand for skilled communication professionals who can craft and execute compelling communication strategies. Our graduates of the Public Relations program have pursued careers in a wide variety of industries and occupations. No matter your focus area—pharmaceuticals, health and fitness, political campaigns, entertainment, hospitality, financial services, technology or government organizations—a Public Relations degree will have a sustained value during any economic cycle.

Career paths chosen by some of our graduates include:                                         

  • Campaign managers
  • Chief communication officers
  • Communication strategists
  • Directors of digital strategy
  • Directors of executive communication
  • Directors of financial communication
  • Directors of public affairs
  • Directors of corporate social responsibility
  • Online content managers
  • Organizational consultants
  • Political candidates or public affairs officers
  • Press secretaries or government communication directors
  • Social media strategists
  • Speechwriters

Competitive Edge

With the ability to communicate effectively comes the power to bring about positive change. At Emerson, you will learn to analyze and gain meaningful insight into communities, cultures, institutions, and lifestyles, as well as your target audience’s beliefs and values.

Throughout your course of study, you will gain valuable, real-world experience by conducting public opinion polls and organizational social media audits, formulating crisis communication plans, writing speeches, and creating digital content. By investigating the ways in which different types of messaging can engage and persuade, you will leave the program with the skill set and strategic insight required to be a compelling advocate for better business practices, improved policies, and social justices.



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The master of science degree in media arts and technology is a one-year applied science and technology program concluding with a capstone project. Read more

The master of science degree in media arts and technology is a one-year applied science and technology program concluding with a capstone project. Students develop relevant knowledge and skills with a technical emphasis and business-oriented approach. Students will recognize new ways for operating and identifying emerging technologies to meet and exceed evolving market demands, and for becoming leaders in the improvements of cross-media products and processes. The program provides students with the ability to create meaningful and measurable changes in graphic communications through applied cross-media initiatives. The required capstone project allows students to develop and demonstrate in-depth knowledge in a specific topic area. Led by senior faculty, the capstone project is designed to prepare students to be innovators in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

The curriculum concentrates on the latest technologies, which allow students to employ knowledge of print, web, mobile, and social media workflows to solve communication problems. The course work investigates strategies, processes, and technologies relating to publishing, graphic communications, print, and media. The diverse expertise of the faculty ensure a breadth of relevant experience while educating students on issues and trends across the graphic communications field. The School of Media Sciences strives to be on the leading edge of graphic communications and give students the opportunity to address real world problems within the industry. This program aims to create a collaborative environment where students combine course work with access to faculty expertise, staff support, and extensive facilities to extend their current knowledge base.

PLAN OF STUDY

The program is two semesters, 30 credit hours of study, and culminates in a capstone project.

Electives

The program encourages cross-disciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration. Students may choose elective courses from a variety of courses offered in the School of Media Sciences or with other graduate departments and programs at RIT.

Capstone project

The capstone project requires students to develop and demonstrate extensive knowledge on a specific topic related to graphic communications. Students complete original work in the form of a number of methodologies, including experiments, comprehensive case studies, surveys, focus groups, and research analysis. Outcomes from this experience include innovation of a process, recognizing unmet customer needs, solving cross-media issues, and/or identifying resources required for business transformation or business solutions.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in media arts and technology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application. 
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.

International applications

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.




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The Communication Arts program uses a unique blend of theory-driven and experienced-based classes where students acquire the knowledge and skills to enter the media industry. Read more
The Communication Arts program uses a unique blend of theory-driven and experienced-based classes where students acquire the knowledge and skills to enter the media industry. Fields of study include production, print media, or convergent media delivery and prepares students for further study at the graduate level.The Communication Arts Graduate program addresses the Guiding Principles and Objectives for Graduate Studies with the expectation that graduate students will:

•Display mastery of both theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field of communications.
•Demonstrate intellectual imagination and professional creativity demonstrated in individual theses and projects on various issues of communications.
•Conduct critical analysis of mediated communication in both social and cultural scopes.
•Provide articulated presentation of scholarly concepts and professional works.
•Make contribution to both academic and professional sectors in the field of communications through original research and alternative perspectives.

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The MFA program in photography and related media emphasizes a broad interpretation of photography as a conceptual art form, with the intention of inspiring and nurturing the individuality of each student as a creative, productive artist. Read more

The MFA program in photography and related media emphasizes a broad interpretation of photography as a conceptual art form, with the intention of inspiring and nurturing the individuality of each student as a creative, productive artist. The program encourages graduate study in photography and related media as a means to personal, aesthetic, intellectual, and career development.

The curriculum provides a focus of study that is continually sensitive to the needs of each student, building upon the strengths each individual brings to the program. Successful completion of the program enables students to seek careers in fields including education, museum or gallery work, or as self-employed visual artists.

PROGRAM GOALS

The program provides students with the opportunity to use the still and moving image as a means to:

  • pursue a professional career and earn a livelihood
  • enrich their personal lives and society as a whole
  • create a community of creativity, scholarship, and purpose 

PLAN OF STUDY

Distribution of work within these guidelines is subject to modification based upon the candidate’s background, abilities, and interests. An individualized course of study is prepared with the advice of the graduate faculty and made a matter of record. Modifications in this prescribed program thereafter must be approved and recorded.

Electives

Elective courses are available in areas such as, but not limited to, video, printmaking, painting, sculpture, communication design, crafts, bookmaking, graphic design, new media, computer graphics, art history, and archival preservation and conservation. A complete list of graduate electives is available through the student's adviser. There are also graduate electives offered throughout the university. Students also have opportunities to enhance their studies through independent studies and internships.

Thesis

Matriculation from the MFA program is obtained when the student has completed and mounted their graduate thesis exhibition, successfully passed their thesis defense, and submitted their thesis publication. The thesis must be an original body of work appropriate to the major commitment of the degree. The thesis publication is a professional, published presentation of the thesis project, which must be submitted, in both print and digital form. It must contain an extended artist statement and a presentation of the majority of thesis artwork. It is prepared for inclusion in the Wallace Library, the School's Archive, and the Graduate Annex Space. The verbal defense requires a public address by the student, discussion of the thesis project, and exhibition in a digital presentation format.

ACCREDITATION

The MFA program in photography and related media and the BFA program in photographic and imaging arts are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



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Our collaborative, interdisciplinary program will nurture your talent, develop your skills, and connect you to industry mentors and colleagues throughout the world and throughout your professional life. Read more

Our collaborative, interdisciplinary program will nurture your talent, develop your skills, and connect you to industry mentors and colleagues throughout the world and throughout your professional life. Our unique approach comprises research, aesthetic design, cultural studies, and hands-on production techniques in a variety of media combined with opportunities to specialize in the area of greatest interest to you:

  • PR/Advertising (Integrated Marketing Communications)
  • Media Management
  • Digital Filmmaking and Television Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Electronic Journalism
  • Cinema Studies

Throughout, you’ll produce traditional and nontraditional productions for broadcast, cable, broadband and wireless distribution. You might write a dramatic or comedic script; direct a digital movie on location; produce a documentary; create a new reality or talk show or soap opera in our television studio; or participate in our student-run ad agency, our Globesville web channel and/or ProdCo production company, taking on a leadership role.



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Explore Emerson's Graduate Program. Advance your career in the field of strategic communication with our Public Relations Graduate Certificate. Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Program

Advance your career in the field of strategic communication with our Public Relations Graduate Certificate. You’ll learn what it takes to successfully target individuals and communities through the latest social media and emerging communication technologies. Our 16-credit certificate program allows career changes or professionals looking to re-tool in the industry with the credentials and experience necessary to compete for today’s top Public Relations jobs.

Your ability to communicate effectively will give you the power to bring about positive changes within any industry or sector. By learning to gain meaningful insight into your target audience’s beliefs and values you will be able to develop messages that resonate with the communities, cultures, and institutions you serve.

Throughout your course of study, you will gain a valuable foundation in communication technology and research methods. You can also focus the subject of your learning by selecting from a diverse offering of elective courses and courses from our three program tracks: Strategic Public Relations, Political Communication, and Sports Communication. You will leave the program with the skill set and strategic insight needed to advance your career in today's market.

Ready to effect change? Apply today to our graduate certificate program in Public Relations



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The Strategic Media Communications program builds on the broad knowledge and critical skills you have already developed as a liberal arts or social sciences major. Read more
The Strategic Media Communications program builds on the broad knowledge and critical skills you have already developed as a liberal arts or social sciences major. It provides you with specialized professional skills designed to prepare you for leadership positions strategic media communications in a wide range industries. It features a balanced blend of courses in multimedia technology, media convergence, advertising, public relations, integrated strategic communications, research methods, theory, ethics, and international communication to give you a visible professional edge in today's communications-driven global society.

Program Highlights

Program focuses on a balance between skills training and theory.
Provides students with professional skills that give them a visible edge in the job market and makes them an indispensable asset to any business, organization, or institution.
Students develop expertise in public relations, advertising, social media and campaign planning and execution.
Students expand their horizons as socially responsible members of the global society.
Designed to accommodate full-time or part-time students.
Graduate assistantships and internships available.

Program Distinctions

Faculty have extensive professional and international experience along with their academic credentials.
Students have access to state-of-the-art media technology and computer labs.
Hands on experience is available at St. Cloud State's 24-hour radio station, student newspaper, and an HD television station.

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The University of Tampa Master of Science in Marketing integrates cutting-edge theory and application to prepare students for successful careers in the marketing field. Read more
The University of Tampa Master of Science in Marketing integrates cutting-edge theory and application to prepare students for successful careers in the marketing field. The degree provides you with an innovative and specialized academic curriculum and enhances your career skills in marketing management, product and brand management, marketing research or sales management.

Given the diverse career tracks in marketing, this program gives you the flexibility to design your own course of study based on your goals and interests. The curriculum also supports preparation for the Professional Certified Marketer™ exam offered by the American Marketing Association™.

Visit the website http://www.ut.edu/msmarketing/

Sykes College of Business

The Sykes College of Business is an integral part of a 105-acre university campus nestled in the heart of Tampa. As a comprehensive institution, The University of Tampa provides a full spectrum of resources, qualified faculty and modern facilities.

The Sykes College of Business is one of the elite private schools in the Southeast accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier business accrediting organization, promoting excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education.

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Communication and the technologies for message creation and dissemination are at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. Read more

Program overview

Communication and the technologies for message creation and dissemination are at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. The master of science degree in communication and media technologies is an interdisciplinary advanced program of study combining liberal arts courses in communication with course work in an applied or professional program. Graduates will be adept at the analysis of communication problems, the development of solutions, and the creation of messages as a result of their combined training in the social sciences, humanities, and applied technologies.

Communication courses rooted in the humanities and social sciences provide students with the opportunity to gain a broad, historical understanding of issues in communication, including the ethical, legal, and social dimensions. Additional courses give students advanced guidance in the creation of written and visual message content. Courses in applied technologies or professional programs provide opportunities for implementation and application. The required thesis combines knowledge, practice, original research, and application under the guidance of a graduate advisement committee. Graduates are prepared for careers as communication experts in commerce, industry, education, entertainment, and government, as well as for graduate work toward a doctoral degree.

Plan of study

The degree requires the completion of 36 credit hours of graduate course work. The program consists of five required courses, three communication electives, three applied professional or technical courses, and a thesis or project.

Graduate committee

Full-time students create a graduate advisement committee by the end of their first semester of study. The committee will be comprised of at least one faculty member from the department of communication and one faculty member from outside the department. The outside member should have a terminal degree. The committee advises and guides the student's elective course selection and course sequencing. With the guidance and approval of the graduate advising committee, students design and conduct a thesis or project appropriate to their course of study and their career goals.

Master's thesis/project

A thesis or project is an option for all students in the program. The topic should complement the student's academic graduate interests and scholarly training. Topic selection and methods for implementing the thesis/project occur in consultation with the student's graduate advisement committee.

Comprehensive examinations

Comprehensive examinations may be taken in lieu of a thesis or project. Students are eligible to take these examinations after all coursework has been completed. The Graduate Committee chooses the Exam Committee members from two areas: Theory and Methods. The student selects a specialty area within the communication elective courses with the consent of the faculty member who taught the course and will administer and grade the exam question(s). Specialization areas include the following: Electronic, Visual, International, Electronic, Strategic, and Education. Exams will take place at two times: Intersession and June. If students fail any portion of the exam, they get one rewrite.

Curriculum

Communication and media technologies, MS degree, typical course sequence:
-History of Media Technologies
-Communication Theories
-Communication Electives
-Professional Core
-Research Methods in Communication
-Media Law and Ethics
-Communication thesis/project

View website for more information on the different electives and professional/technical courses available.

Other admission requirements

-Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
-Submit three letters of reference from academic advisers, major professors, and/or supervisors or managers.
-Submit a writing portfolio consisting of at least three writing samples, such as academic papers written for class, work-related brochures and pamphlets, or newspaper or magazine articles, and complete a graduate application.
-International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88-89 (Internet-based) are required on the TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS. This requirement may be waived for students who submit undergraduate transcripts from American colleges and universities.

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See the department website - http://cias.rit.edu/schools/design/graduate-visual-communication-design. The changing landscape of people’s everyday interactions has blurred the lines between respected design fields giving designers new responsibilities to shape experiences. Read more
See the department website - http://cias.rit.edu/schools/design/graduate-visual-communication-design

The changing landscape of people’s everyday interactions has blurred the lines between respected design fields giving designers new responsibilities to shape experiences. Designers must increase their knowledge in all areas of design, including print media, human-computer interaction design, motion graphics, and 3D digital graphics.

Plan of study

The MFA in visual communication design provides a learning environment for advancement in innovative research, user-centered design, and professional practice focusing on the creative potentials of visual communication through a full spectrum of media. Students may advance their design knowledge and technical skills by choosing one of three options: communication design, interaction design, or motion and 3D digital design.

The cross-disciplinary nature of the program offers a greater potential to foster innovation and creativity in visual communication design. The program reflects the current views and changes occurring in the professional design field. The skill sets required of graphic, interactive, and digital design have now crossed over and are interrelated.

Admission requirements

- Portfolio

A portfolio, along with written records of achievements and recommendations, serves to inform the faculty of the applicant’s readiness for advanced graduate study. It provides a visual statement of the applicant’s performance to date of a candidate's design skills, aesthetic development, and maturity.

The portfolio must demonstrate a strong understanding of design principles and visual computer skills using Adobe products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. A portfolio of 10-15 examples representing a cohesive body or bodies of recent work should be uploaded to rit.slideroom.com, the college's portfolio website, or via a personal website.

Examples must demonstrate a good sense of design, typography, and digital illustration in addition to the applicant's interests in and aptitudes for advanced study and, specifically, potential for success at RIT. Applicants are encouraged to submit only their best original work. Applicants should not submit work copies from film, television, photographs, magazine/book illustrations, or other sources.

- Application deadline

The application deadline is February 15th. Admission selection for the fall semester is made in the spring from among all portfolios and completed applications submitted. Acceptance after February 15th is based upon available space and accepted applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies program (IDS) is designed for those students whose career or educational goals are not reflected in one of LIU Post’s established graduate programs. An individual course of study, subject to the approval of the IDS Faculty Committee, will be developed by the student with the assistance of appropriate graduate advisors and the program coordinator. Students may incorporate courses from any of the five LIU Post colleges and schools. The student’s plan of study must be approved before full matriculation is granted.

In addition to designing a unique interdisciplinary degree, students can also elect to follow several other interdisciplinary concentrations: American Studies, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts, Literacy Studies, Museum Studies, Public History/Archives and Records Management, Public History/Non-Profit Management, Social Studies, among others.

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

LIU Post offers both the Master of Arts and Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. The Interdisciplinary Studies program (IDS) is designed for those students whose career or educational goals are not reflected in one of LIU Post’s established graduate programs. An individual course of study, subject to the approval of the IDS Faculty Committee, will be developed by the student with the assistance of appropriate graduate advisors and the program coordinator. Students may incorporate courses from any of the five LIU Post colleges and schools. The student’s plan of study must be approved before full matriculation is granted.

In addition to designing a unique interdisciplinary degree, students can also elect to follow several other interdisciplinary concentrations: American Studies, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts, Literacy Studies, Museum Studies, Public History/Archives and Records Management, Public History/Non-profit Management and Social Studies among others.

A total of 36 credits is required for the degree, of which 6 credits are in thesis work.

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Specialize in criminal justice administration, planning and regional development, human services administration, human resources management, local government management, or international development administration. Read more
Specialize in criminal justice administration, planning and regional development, human services administration, human resources management, local government management, or international development administration.

THIS PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM IS ORIENTED TOWARD PRACTITIONERS

We assume that you seek a degree that would facilitate entrance into, or promotion within, the public or private sector. It is also viewed primarily as a terminal degree. After completion, graduates possess the needed background and skills to assume positions as public administrators at local, state, national, and international levels.

Your IUP interdisciplinary graduate degree in public affairs will differentiate you as a critical thinker and skilled analyst of political trends and management techniques. The broad base of knowledge that you acquire will give you an advantage as you seek employment in government, education, business, or interest groups.

MA IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS

-Schedule evening classes to accommodate your work schedule.
-Develop a core competence in methodology, and then choose from among six interdisciplinary specializations to further focus your career aspirations: Criminal justice administration; Planning and regional development; Human services administration; Human resources management; Local government management; International development administration
-Earn academic credit while working with a mentor in the workforce who will help you develop a meaningful internship within your field.

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The MA in Professional Communication (MAPC) provides the knowledge and training for superior oral, written, and visual communication skills. Read more

The MA in Professional Communication (MAPC) provides the knowledge and training for superior oral, written, and visual communication skills. Our program is designed for people who seek the techniques and knowledge required to be communication specialists in a wide range of fields in an ever-shifting 21st century workplace.

The program features small class sizes, personal attention and opportunities for applied research and professional engagement.

• The program’s convenient schedule of late afternoon and evening courses appeals to full-time graduate students and enables professionals to work while completing their degree.

• The MAPC includes courses that meet both on-campus and in a hybrid (on-campus/online) format for flexibility and convenience, while providing engagement with cutting-edge technology.

• Offering three concentrations, the program creates a community of professional communicators who have varied career interests.

You can request more information on our website

Concentrations

Strategic Communication

Strategic communicators work as planners, designers, and leaders to develop and disseminate messages both within and outside of organizations. Students enrolled in this concentration analyze how organizations interact internally and externally with the public, industry and media. Students also gain practical communication skills that give them a competitive edge in the workplace.

Technical Communication

Technical communicators use communication skills to translate complex scientific, engineering or technical information into content that users can understand and utilize. Students enrolled in this concentration learn how to communicate to the user while ensuring that the product or service has a competitive advantage. As technology grows in a variety of fields, the demand for such skilled, user-centered and agile technical communicators has never been greater.

Health Communication

This concentration equips students with the theoretical and practical communication tools needed to effectively and ethically impact public and personal health literacy. From creating health awareness campaigns, improving patient relationships, working with regulations, and explaining health care policy, Health Communication professionals are critical to the facilitation of understanding health care issues as a basis for informing, influencing and motivating diverse audiences about health and medical issues.

You can request more information by visiting our website

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the program bring a thorough knowledge and skill set of advanced communication to careers in a range of sectors — including technology, government, finance, health services, academic, and many other sectors where communications skills are highly valued.



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The West Chester Master's Program in Communication Studies focuses on building better leaders by improving their communication skills. Read more
The West Chester Master's Program in Communication Studies focuses on building better leaders by improving their communication skills. Effective leaders must be effective communicators, and effective communicators need to develop a broad array of communication skills. In addition, the M.A. program is designed to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge in communication theory and methodology of the social scientific approach. Our program is intended for students in one of three vocational areas:

• New Careers
As a result of their Masters in Communication Studies, students have launched new careers in Internet Web Design, Training and Development, Community Organization, Consultation, Marketing, Association Management, Public Relations, and Teaching at the secondary, community college, small college, or university level.

• Career Development
Many students pursue their degrees while maintaining positions in the Delaware Valley's major corporations. They seek vocational advances as they acquire the conceptual foundations and professional skills for becoming a leader in their organization's communicative competence.

• Continuous Learning
Some students have used their West Chester M.A. to launch a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and now teach in Universities throughout the United States or work as researchers in the private sector.

Course Structure

• Non-Thesis/Applied Curriculum Option (36 credits)

1. Required Core (21 credits)

COM 501: Theoretical Perspectives on Human Communication (3)
COM 502: Communication Research Methods (3)
15 additional credits selected from departmental offerings

2. Applied Courses (15 credits)

These courses are to be selected from other departments or from communication studies courses. A three-credit or six-credit graduate internship (COM 598) may be selected upon successful completion of the required core but requires graduate coordinator approval.

3. Comprehensive Examinations

Non-thesis students may schedule their comprehensive written examinations in three areas during the semester that, upon completion, they are within six credit hours of completing the program. B

• Thesis option (36 credits)

1. Required Core (27 credits)

COM 501: Theoretical Perspectives on Human Communication (3)
COM 502: Communication Research Methods (3)
COM 601: Communication Studies Thesis 1 (3)
COM 602: Communication Studies Thesis 2 (3)
15 additional credits selected from departmental offerings

2. Applied Courses (9 credits)

These courses are to be selected from other departments or from communication studies courses.

3. Comprehensive Examinations

Thesis students may schedule their comprehensive written examinations in three areas during the semester that, upon completion, they are within six credit hours of completing the program. Thesis students also will defend their theses orally.

Note: students are not required to take summer classes, and students may attend as full-time or part-time student

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The Certificate in Publishing is dedicated to providing high quality preparation for diverse publishing and related new media careers. Read more
The Certificate in Publishing is dedicated to providing high quality preparation for diverse publishing and related new media careers. WCU’s certificate program distinguishes itself by hybrid and online courses and a curriculum that can be completed in as little time as eleven months. The WCU program aims to equip its students not only with a well-rounded, hands-on understanding of contemporary publishing and digital media but also with multifaceted knowledge of publishing history and media transformations.

The course benefits from its innovative integration of media history with professional training and its incorporation of the theoretical with practical application. The required foundational course focuses closely on the effects of technological and cultural shifts on writing, publishing, and reading over the centuries. This historical perspective equips graduates with an especially rich understanding of current media transformations and thus enhances their ability to navigate and respond to the rapidly changing environment in which the publishing and media industries operate.

Curriculum

Foundation:

• ENG 503 Manuscript, Print, and Digital Cultures

Business Requirement (one of the following):

• MBA 604 Components of Effective Leadership
• MBA 606 Innovation and Marketing Strategy
• MBA 610 Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
• MBA 611 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

Production/Design Requirement:

• ART 315 Introduction to Letterpress

Editing/English Requirement (one of the following):

• ENG 504 Methods & Materials Of Publishing
• ENG 615 Special Topics

Elective:

• Choose another course from either the Business or Editing/English options above.

Internship/Capstone Requirement:

• ENG 516 Publishing and Media Internship

Culture and Community

The English Department sponsors a vibrant cultural life that includes a renowned Poetry Center, readings by notable authors, two student literary journals (Daedalus and Literati), an English Club, an English Alumni organization, numerous student awards and scholarships, and local chapters of the Sigma Tau Delta English honors society and the National Council of Teachers in English (NCTE). Our students and faculty are also actively involved in the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts. All of these opportunities enable students to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom and collaborate with others who share their passions.

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