Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Organizational Communication, Master of Arts (0012)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/communication/


Program Coordinator

Jie-Young Kong, jieyoung.kong@wku.edu, (270) 745-6578

The Master of Arts in Organizational Communication prepares students for a variety of careers and pursuits in which advanced communication study is helpful, including management, public relations, personnel relations, education, training, sales, and marketing. Our mission is to provide graduate students with an engaging, challenging, and rewarding program that integrates communication theory, practice, and problem-based research. With a focus on applied organizational communication, our vibrant and active program includes coursework in interpersonal, health, and intercultural communication to provide a well-rounded academic program for students wanting to advance in professional and academic endeavors. Many of our graduates find success in diverse organizational settings and join 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.

Program Admission 

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.

Graduate School Admission

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

Degree Requirements (30 hours)

Students should complete the required core courses (COMM 501, COMM 502, COMM 547) within their first 15 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
Electives
Select 15 hours from the following with advisor approval:15
Health Communication
Family Communication
Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
Global Leadership Communication
Democracy, Power, & Voice in Organizations
Health Communication Campaigns
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Multinational Organizational Communication
Crisis Communication
Corporate & Organizational Advocacy
Communication and Organizational Identification
Seminar in Human Communication
Organizational Communication in the Digital Age
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Applied Organizational Communication
Process of Group Communication
Intercultural Communication
Independent Study in Communication
Graduate Internship 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 Hours30