Program Requirements (Catalog Year 2023-24)

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.

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Course Offerings by Semester

MPC Course Catalog

MPC Course Descriptions

Degree Requirements

Foundational Courses (9 hours required)
  • MPC 6010 - Introduction to Graduate Study and Communication Theory Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6150 - Writing for Professional Communicators Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6210 - Presentational Speaking in the Workplace Credits: (3)
Research Methods Course (3 credit hours required)
Choose one of the two courses listed below:
  • MPC 6700 - Qualitative Communication Research & Analysis Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6710 - Communication Survey Design & Analysis Credits: (3)
Core Courses (12 credit hours required)
Choose four of the six courses listed below:
  • MPC 6100 - Team Building and Facilitation Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6300 - New Media in Professional Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6350 - Visual Communication in the Workplace Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6400 - Leadership Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6450 - Advanced Organizational Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6600 - Strategic Communication Credits: (3)

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

Thesis Track 
  • MPC 6900 - Thesis/Project I 
  • MPC 6950 - Thesis/Project II
  • 3 credit hours of master-level electives, chosen in consultation with the MPC program director.
Project Track
  • MPC 6900 - Thesis/Project I
  • 6 credit hours of master-level electives, chosen in consultation with the MPC Director
Coursework Track 
  • Choose 9 credit hours (3 courses) of electives in consultation with the MPC Director
  • Exit Portolio: Create a portfolio and synthesis paper from the work done in the three chosen electives to submit to the MPC Director
    • At least 6 credit hours must come from elective courses at the 6000 level.
    • No more than 3 credit hours of dual designated MPC courses at the 5000 level.

Elective MPC Courses

  • MPC 6250 - Interviewing Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6500 - Topics in Professional Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6620 - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Credits: (3)
  • MPC 6840 - Data Visualization & Storytelling
  • 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 - Marketing Management Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6170 - Corporate Communications Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6530 - E-Business Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6540 - Negotiations Credits: (3)
  • MED 6110 - Introduction to Classroom Management Credits: (3)
  • MED 6120 - Advanced Classroom Management Credits: (3)
  • MENG 6730 - Creative Writing Forms and Crafts Credits: (3)
  • MENG 6740 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6110 - Tools for the Ethical Manager Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6120 - Organizational Behavior Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6440 - Strategic Leadership Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6450 - Leadership Through People Skills Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6580 - Project Management Credits: (3)
  • MBA 6850 - Business Development and Entrepreneurship Credits: (3)
  • MED 6220 - Current Problems in Education Credits: (3)
  • MED 6230 - Instructional Technology for Teachers Credits: (3)
  • MED 6380 - Values Education Credits: (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 5080G - Intercultural Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 5090G - Gender and Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 5220G - Editing Credits: (3)
  • MPC 5400G - Public Relations Media and Campaigns Credits: (3)
  • MPC 5500G - Topics in Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 5650G - Communication Law Credits: (3)
  • MPC 5820G - Persuasive Communication Credits: (3)
  • MPC 5850G - Advertising Credits: (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.
Credit Hour Restriction
Students may only take more than 9 credit hours per semester with permission from the program director and the registration office. Nine credit hours is considered full-time for graduate students.

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.
MPC students must receive approval from the program director to register for more than nine credit hours in a semester.   



Application deadline:

July 1, 2024, for the Fall 2024 semester.

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MPC Program Director
Dr. Michael Ault

MPC Office Specialist
Jennifer Greenlee
Elizabeth Hall Room 321

MPC Office Hours
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Weber State University
Elizabeth Hall
Room 321
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Mailing Address
Master of Professional Communication
Weber State University
1395 Edvalson St.
Dept. 1407
Ogden Utah 84408-1407