Overview

The Master of Professional Communication program emphasizes the knowledge and advanced communication skills working professionals need to succeed in today's rapidly evolving and technologically complex world. You will take courses in team building and facilitation, organizational leadership, strategic communication and research methods. Hone your communication skills with courses in speaking, writing and new media.

The first year of study you'll take required courses. In the second year you can customize your plan of study with elective courses in communication or related fields including business, education and health professions. You may opt to complete a professional communication project or write a thesis as a capstone experience.

This program will help you:

  • Prepare to be an effective communicator in corporate, government or non-profit organizations.
  • Understand how to be a more effective organizational communicator in the roles of  employee, team member or manager. 
  • Refine your oral, written  and digital communication skills and prepare to lead and teach others in these areas.
  • Understand communication processes in interpersonal, small group, organizational, mass media and public relations contexts.

Convenient, two-year program

The MPC degree is a 33-semester-credit hour program that can be completed in two calendar years. You can work full-time and complete the program in six semesters. In general you will come to campus one night per week and take face-to-face courses supplemented with online instruction. The schedule may vary in your second year depending on the electives you choose. 

You'll enter the program with a cohort of 25 students and take your classes together the first year. Graduates of the program find the networking opportunities to be invaluable. Several students have found jobs based on contacts they made in the MPC program.