Welcome from Director, Sarah Steimel
Welcome to the Weber State University Professional Communication Program. On behalf of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities Communication Department, I thank you for choosing to learn more about our program and how it can benefit you and accelerate your career.
One of the many aspects that I love about my position as director is that I get to work alongside graduate students as they pursue their Masters degree. There are four primary benefits of our program which include:
Professional focus. Students come from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Some of our students are mid-career Communication professionals looking to move “up” in their career. Others of our students are professionals in other allied fields (including human resources, public health, finance, management, etc.) who have determined that enhancing their communication skills will help them get to or continue where they want to go. Some of our students are in early career stages and know that refining skills will give them a boost. But, all of our students know that our program features classes that emphasize in-demand skills that they will use in their workplace the very next day.
Unique format. Our classes meet in an intensive hybrid format that allow students to be full time graduate students (taking six credit hours a semester) while only coming to campus one night a week. During that time, our students come to campus one night a week and then supplement that time with online learning experiences. This provides our students the rich discussion, collaboration and networking benefits of a face-to-face classroom and still allows them to balance busy professional and home/family lives.
Student Focus. Our program works hard to ensure that our students can adapt it to best fit their goals. At the core of the program, our students have the flexibility within our core classes to pick classes that most closely match their career goals. For electives, students draw from interesting special topics classes, or supplement their communication degree with courses in other Masters programs on the WSU campus that further their career goals. Our students then choose a culminating experience – an academic master’s thesis, an applied professional project, or a combination of additional elective classes – to finish in the way that accomplishes their goals.
Student Success. Our students are especially fun to work with because of all they achieve during and after our program. Several of our students have presented academic research they have conducted or applied projects they have created to local, national, and international conferences and professional organizations. Many of our students have accepted new jobs or promotions during their time in or immediately after our program. Our students are often recognized in their companies or industries for all they do and we are very proud of them.
I would love to invite you to learn more about Weber State University’s Masters of Professional Communication and all our program has to offer. Learn more about our students by visiting here. You can find us online here.
Dr. Sarah Steimel
Weber State University
Director, Master of Professional Communication Program