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Master of Arts in Communication and Master of Business Administration Dual Degree Program

Joanne Morgan, Ed.D., M.A. in Communication Program Director
Sandra Reid, Ph.D., M.B.A. Program Director

The M.A. in Communication equips students with the academic knowledge and professional skills related to the field of communication, by providing a focus on communication studies as well as organizational communication management. Students are exposed to theory, research methods, and contemporary trends in communication along with improving their skills in public speaking, designing effective visual support for messages, using technology related to communication, and leading communication activities for groups in order to support effective messaging throughout (and outside of) an organization.

The M.B.A. provides the knowledge and competency skills needed for strategic and visionary leadership which are needed in today's successful organizations operating in the global community. The M.B.A. curriculum gives special attention to critical/analytical thinking skill development necessary for effective decision making and leading others in the execution of strategic plans.


In order to pursue a Dual Master's Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master's degrees which comprise the dual degree program.


Prerequisite course work must be satisfied for both degree programs.

Study Plan

  • 12 hrs
    Required Common Curriculum
  • 24 hrs
    M.B.A. Required Curriculum
  • 18 hrs
    M.A. in Communication Required Curriculum
  • 54 hrs
    Total Dual Degree

Required Common Curriculum

Required Common Curriculum (12 hours)

  • COMA 6305
    Presentation Communication (S-L)
  • COMA 6307
    Communication Leadership for Groups
  • COMA 6309
    Social Media and Communication
  • COMA 6321
    Strategic Communication for Organizations

Master of Business Administration

Required Common Curriculum (24 Hours)

Master of Arts in Communication

Required Common Curriculum (18 Hours)

  • COMA 6301
    Advanced Communication Theory
  • COMA 6303
    Digital Media Communication
  • COMA 6312
    Advanced Persuasive Communication
  • COMA 6314
    Intercultural Communication
  • COMA 6324
    Communication for Global Organizations
  • COMA 6326
    Organizational Communication Management Graduate Research Project