Graduation Requirements

Prerequisites: Admission to MPC and completion of COMM 3000 (Communication Theory) and COMM 3150 (Communication Research Methods) or close equivalents.

Required Core Courses (22 credit hours)

MPC 6000
MPC 6100
MPC 6150
MPC 6210
MPC 6300
MPC 6400
MPC 6600
MPC 6700
Intro to Graduate Studies for a Master in Professional Communication (1)
Team Building and Facilitation (3)
Writing for Professional Communicators (3)
Presentational Speaking in the Workplace (3)
New Media in Professional Communication (3)
Leadership Communication (3)
Strategic Communication (3)  
Research Methods for Professional Communication (3) 

Electives (15 credit hours required)

Students may choose to complete a 6 credit hour thesis or project, plus an additional 9 credit hours of elective master's level courses.


Students may choose to take 15 credit hours of elective coursework in lieu of a thesis or project.

Thesis/Project Track (6 credit hours)

MPC 6900 
MPC 6950
Thesis/Project I (3)
Thesis/Project II (3)
 9 credit hours of master's level electives, chosen in consultation with the graduate program director.

Coursework Track

15 credit hours of elective master's level courses.
At least 6 credit hours must come from MPC elective courses at the 6000 level.
No more than 6 credit hours of dual designated MPC courses at the 5000 level.
No more than 9 credit hours of graduate level courses outside the MPC program.
Students should choose electives in consultation with the graduate program director.

Elective Master's - Level Courses

Elective Variable Topic Course

MPC 6500          Topics in Professional Communication (3) 

Elective Interdisciplinary Courses

With the permission of the MPC director and/or fulfillment of prerequisite courses. Classes not listed, including those at other universities may be accepted. Students may select no more than two courses (six credit hours) from the following WSU master's program courses (with the permission of the appropriate MPC graduate program advisor and/or fulfillment of prerequisite courses). 

MBA 6140
MBA 6170
MBA 6530
MBA 6540
MHA 6000
MHA 6400
MED 6110
MED 6120
Marketing Management (3)
Corporate Communications (3)
E-Business (3)
Negotiations (3)
Health Systems & the Healthcare Economy (3)
Strategic Health Planning and Marketing (3)
Introduction to Classroom Management (3)
Advanced Classroom Management (3)

Dual-Designation or "Swing" Courses

MPC 5080
MPC 5090
MPC 5220
MPC 5440
MPC 5500
MPC 5650
MPC 5820
MPC 5850
Intercultural Communication (3)
Gender and Communication (3)
Editing (3)
Public Relations Media and Campaigns (3)
Topics in Communication (3) *
Communication Law (3)
Persuasive Communication (3)
Advertising (3)
 * i.e. Interviewing (topic agreed on by master's degree students or suitable topic as swing course with permission of MPC Coordinator required.)

Transfer Credit
Transfer credit must be approved by the program director and cannot exceed 12 hours. Transfer classes must be at an appropriate level and fulfill the objectives of the MPC. No courses for which credit was used to fulfill requirements of another degree may be used toward the MPC degree.  

Grade Requirements
To earn the MPC degree, candidates must complete all Communication courses with a grade of B- or higher. In addition, the overall program GPA must be 3.0 or higher. Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, or 2 consecutive course sessions where a grade lower than C has been earned, will result in academic probation in accordance with departmental policies.

Time for Degree Completion
MPC students have a maximum of six calendar years to complete their degree requirements, starting from the first semester during which the student has registered and begun taking classes. Students who exceed this requirement may submit a letter of appeal to the MPC director to request that this requirement be waived. Students who fail to enroll in MPC courses for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission to the program. In order to ensure timely progress through the program, students must consult with an MPC advisor every Fall Semester.   

Graduation Requirements
  1. 37 credit hours, at least 28 at the 6000-level.
  2. Grades of C or better in all courses counting toward the degree.
  3. Overall GPA of at least 3.0.  
  4. Successful completion of thesis/project.

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