Organizational and Professional Communication and Development

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If you’re working toward a professional career in organizational communication, or perhaps as a consultant, trainer, or development specialist, graduate work through the Organizational and Professional Communication and Development option may be just the ticket you need. It’s also a good building block for doctoral studies.

The degree requires completion of four core courses totaling 12 credit hours: Introduction to Communication Studies, Quantitative Research in Communication, Qualitative Research in Communication, and Studies in Communication Theory.

To that you’ll add four more 3-credit courses: Communication Training in Organizations; Issues in Communication Consulting; and two more organizational communication courses, one focusing on interpersonal and intrapersonal processes and the other examining systems, culture, and critique. You’ll need 9 hours of communication studies electives as well as at least three hours of credit in a paid, professional internship focused on this type of communication work.

Finally, you’ll be asked to demonstrate your competency in the field by preparing and defending a thesis or research paper or completing a series of comprehensive written and oral exams:

  • To pursue a thesis, you must enroll in THES 698, submit your approved thesis, and successfully complete an oral defense of your thesis.
  • As an alternative, you may take comprehensive exams. This entails successfully completing a written exam and an oral defense of that exam.
  • If you prefer to submit a scholarly research paper, you should enroll in RES 697, submit your approved paper, and complete both the written and oral comprehensive exams.
Communication Studies
David Letterman Communication and Media Building, room 351
2000 University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 765-285-1882
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