Jun 22, 2024  
2021-2022 General Catalog 

Master of Arts in Professional Communication (M.A.)

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop and demonstrate a knowledge of communication theory applicable to a variety of concentrations within the discipline and the ability to apply this knowledge to professional/personal relationships and career problem-solving situations.
  • Students will deepen methodological understanding and develop specific research competencies designed to inform, connect with, and influence target audiences.
  • Students will develop and refine skills to improve writing and speaking ability while learning to create compelling presentations based on research and critical-thinking exercises.
  • Students will demonstrate a facility with new technologies and systematically explore the limits and impact of their use in professional communication situations.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of the central issues related to message design, dissemination, analysis, and impact related to diverse audiences regardless of size, demographic composition, or geographic location.

Program Information

  • Graduate students must complete their program within six (6) years of matriculation.
  • All courses must be passed with a “C+” (2.3) or better to be counted in the degree.
  • Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to graduate. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 average will be placed on probation and may be dropped from the program.

Professional Communication Curriculum (36 Credits)

Core Courses (18 Credits)

Select One of the Following (3 Credits)

Select a capstone course:

Elective Courses (18 Credits)

Select from the following COMM courses (12-18 credits) to complete your degree. Up to 6 elective credits may be taken from courses offered in SUU’s other master-level programs.

Total Credits, M.A. Degree: 36


Please note that some students may ultimately earn more credits than listed above for the master’s degree. If the capstone cannot be completed within one (1) semester, students must be enrolled continuously in COMM 6999 - Capstone Thesis Continuance  until completion.

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