Organizational Communication, Master of Arts (0012)


Program Coordinator

Blair C. Thompson,, (270) 745-3296

With a focus on Applied Organizational Communication our mission is to provide graduate students with an engaging, challenging, and rewarding program integrating communication theory, practice, and problem-based research. Our vibrant and active program also includes coursework in interpersonal, health, and intercultural communication which provides students with a well-rounded academic program. Utilizing foundational works and contemporary studies of communication processes, we prepare students to advance in professional and academic endeavors.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Communication prepares students for a variety of careers and pursuits in which advanced communication study is helpful – especially management, personnel relations, training, sales, marketing, and intercultural communication. While many of our graduates find success in diverse organizational settings we also have a strong record of placing students in quality doctoral programs around the country.

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires minimum GRE scores of 139 verbal, 139 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing.

Applicants should submit:

  • official GRE scores
  • Academic writing sample from an undergraduate course
  • Letter of intent detailing:
    • academic and/or professional experiences
    • goals in pursuing graduate studies in communication
    • areas of interest in the communication discipline.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Degree Requirements (33 hours)

Students should complete the required core courses (COMM 501, COMM 502, COMM 547) within their first 18 hours of coursework with a grade of "B" of higher in each.  As a general policy, the program does not allow transfer of research methods courses to fulfill the research methods requirements.

Required Courses
COMM 501Qualitative Methods in Communication Research3
COMM 502Quantitative Methods in Communication Research3
COMM 547Organizational Communication Theory3
Select 12 hours from the following with advisor approval:12
Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
Employee Communication
Democracy, Power, & Voice in Organizations
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Multinational Organizational Communication
Issues Management
Crisis Communication
Corporate & Organizational Advocacy
Communication and Organizational Identification
Organizational Communication in the Digital Age
Applied Organizational Communication
Process of Group Communication
Communication in Intercultural Negotiation & Mediation
Independent Study in Communication
Select 6 hours from the following with advisor approval:6
Foundations of Communication
Health Communication
Global Leadership Communication
Persuasive Communication
Family Communication
Communication and Conflict
Seminar in Human Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Cultural Terrorism Communication
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Independent Study in Communication
Select one of the following options: 16
Thesis Option:
Thesis Research/Writing
Non-Thesis Option:
Select an additional 6 hours of Organizational or Human Communication electives 2
Total Hours33

 Both options require written comprehensive exams.


 With academic advisor and graduate director or department head approval, students may transfer six hours from another university or take up to six hours in another discipline.