Master of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication

Program Description

Professionals typically spend 75% of their time communicating in the workplace. It stands to reason that effective communication is an essential component of organizational success. Regis College’s Master of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication provides intensive training in corporate communications, public relations, and professional training and development. Sample graduate placements have included Sovereign Bank, the American Red Cross, Hewlett Packard, and the New England Center for Children, just to name a few.

The MS in Organizational and Professional Communication features:

  • Program of study designed to meet individual needs and goals
  • Flexible schedule options (full & part-time) for working individuals
  • Close interweaving of theory and professional practice
  • Advisory board comprised of experts working in the field
  • Interdisciplinary connections with other graduate programs
  • Collaboration among students on research projects

Organizational and Professional Communication graduates are prepared for a broad range of careers, including:

  • Public Relations in corporate and not-for-profit sectors
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing Research
  • Event Management
  • Health Communications
  • Organizational Consulting

Mission

The mission of the graduate Master’s program in Organizational and Professional Communication is to prepare students to meet contemporary communication challenges.

Goals

  • Develop advanced skills in the following areas: research, technology, oral presentation, professional writing
  • Provide linkages between the theoretical perspectives of communication and actual practice through the use of project based activities that enable students to work collaboratively in solving problems creatively, using all available research tools

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Apply appropriate techniques in delivering and evaluating oral presentations in varied professional settings
  • Demonstrate team building and collaboration in planning and executing group communication projects
  • Write clear and effective professional reports and other documents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research tools and methodology and the application of these in the workplace

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MS Organizational & Professional Communication Courses

Students are required to complete 10 graduate-level courses. Requirements/options include:

  • A minimum of eight graduate courses in communication
  • Two graduate courses may be taken in another graduate discipline
  • Two of the eight communication courses must be Seminar in Communication Research and Supervised Thesis/Project

Course offerings include

  • Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Theoretical and Practical Applications of Communication
  • Cross-Channel Persuasion
  • Communication in the Digital Age
  • Communication within the Organization
  • Seminar in Communication Research
  • Supervised Thesis/Project
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Crisis Communication/Media Relations
  • Public Relations/Marketing Communications
  • Health Communication Management
  • Writing for the Professional Workplace
  • Communication Practicum
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Integrated Marketing Communication

Additional electives may be substituted if approved by the Graduate Program Director.

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Upcoming Course Schedules

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Certificate Option

Candidates with a bachelor's degree who seek a Graduate Certificate in Communication for Health Care Professionals complete four courses of study (12 credits). This certificate provides graduate students with communication strategies and tools which they can employ in dealing with problems and issues in today's health care environment.

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Regis College: Graduate Department