Program Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)


Program Requirements

  1. 33 credit hours (at least 30 at the 6000-level).
  2. Grade of B- or better in all courses counting toward the degree.
  3. Overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  4. Successful completion of a thesis, project and/or appropriate course work.

Course Requirements for MPC

Foundational Courses (12 credit hours)


MPC 6010
MPC 6150
MPC 6210
MPC 6700
        Introduction to Graduate Study & Communication Theory (3)
Writing for Professional Communicators (3)
Presentational Speaking in the Workplace (3)
Research Methods for Professional Communication (3) 

Core Courses (12 credit hours)
Choose four of the six courses listed below:


MPC 6100
MPC 6300
MPC 6350

MPC 6400
MPC 6450

MPC 6600
        Team Building and Facilitation (3)
New Media in Professional Communication (3)
Visual Communication in the Workplace (3)

Leadership Communication (3)
Advanced Organizational Communication (3)

Strategic Communication (3)  

Students may choose to complete the final 9 credit hours in one of the following tracks:

Project Track (9 credit hours)  Take both 6900 & 6950 + 1 elective OR 6900 + 2 electives)
  • MPC 6900    Thesis/Project I (3)
  • MPC 6950     Thesis/Project II (3)
  • Elective 1 (3) Chosen in consultation with the MPC program director. 
  • Elective 2 (3) Chosen in consultation with the MPC program director

Thesis Track (9 credit hours)
  • MPC 6900   Thesis/Project I (3)
  • MPC 6950     Thesis/Project II (3)
  • Elective 1 (3)  Chosen in consultation with the MPC program director.
Coursework Track (9 credit hours, chosen in consultation with the MPC program director)
  • Elective 1 (3)
  • Elective 2 (3)
  • Elective 3 (3)
  • (no more than 3 credit hours at the 5000 level)
Elective Master's - Level Courses
MPC 6250          Interviewing (3)
MPC 6500 Topics in Professional Communication, variable titles (3)
MPC 6620  Conflict Resolution & Mediation (3)
*Note: Students may also choose 6000-level courses from the list of core required courses above to count as electives.

Elective Interdisciplinary Courses

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). Interdisciplinary electives must be approved by the MPC program director.

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

The following dual designation courses are designed to fill gaps in the undergraduate preparation of students who wish to command the broadest understanding of professional communication. While the courses are accessible to students who have not taken the corresponding undergraduate courses, the graduate courses differ from undergraduate counterparts in demanding greater depth and breadth in all major aspects of each course such as reading, writing, presentation, projects, etc.

Of the 9 elective credit hours in the Master of Professional Communication degree, only 3 may be 5000-level courses and must be approved by the MPC program director before registration.

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)

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, unless other arrangements have been made with the program director. In order to ensure timely progress through the program, students must consult with an MPC advisor every Fall Semester.   




The next application deadline is

November 1st, 2019

for entry to the Spring 2020 semester.

Apply to the MPC


MPC Program Director
Dr. Sarah Steimel

MPC Office Specialist
Shari Love

9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday


Weber State University
Elizabeth Hall
Room 330 / 360
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Mailing Address
Master of Professional Communication
Weber State University
1395 Edvalson St.
Dept. 1407
Ogden Utah 84408-1407