Graduate Programs in Organizational Communication

For questions or information please contact:
Dr. Frances Smith
Program Director
 
(270) 809-3179
 fsmith@murraystate.edu
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Why Study Organizational Communication

Our graduate programs in Organizational Communication instill the intangible qualities that employers are looking for in managers, training managers, sales representatives, human resource executives, non-profit administrators, and more.  Upon graduation, our students leave our department with exceptional knowledge and “real world” application in team building, conflict negotiation, organizational leadership, organizational hierarchy, managerial strategies, training and development and persuasion techniques (sales). Students acquire skills for assessing communication problems, designing communication systems, and improving communication quality. Our program provides a versatile career path, while arming students with the essential skills every professional needs to excel in the business and non-profit arenas. 

> List of careers with a graduate degree in Organizational Communication

Graduate Programs

Our Department offers several opportunities for students to study organizational communication at the graduate level and gain a depth of knowledge in effective organizational membership, human management, and prudent leadership in organizations. The programs are created for working professionals as well as the traditional graduate student.  The Organizational Communication graduate program is available online. Students who need the flexibility of online courses can complete all degree requirements online, interacting with faculty and students through Canvas, our learning management system software. Students can complete courses  by choosing the delivery format that meets their needs — face-to-face, online, or both.

Curriculum

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Master of Arts in Organizational Communication — 33 hours total

  • COM 622 — Communication Technology in Organizations
    or
    COM 631 — Interpersonal Communication at Work
    or
    COM 639 — Seminar in Conflict Resolution (3 hours)
  • COM 672* — Communication in Instructional Environments (3 hours)
  • COM 680 — Advanced Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • COM 689 — Philosophy and Future of Communication (3 hours)
  • COM 690 — Research Methods in Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • COM 693 — Readings in Communication Research (3 hours)
  • COM 698-699 — Thesis (6 hours)
  • Approved COM elective — 600 level (3 hours)
  • Approved electives — 600 level (3 hours)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Oral defense of thesis.
  • Comprehensive examination designed to facilitate integrative learning.

*COM 672 is required for teaching assistants. Students who are not teaching assistants should take an additional COM elective.

Master of Science in Organizational Communication — 30 hours total

  • COM 622 — Communication Technology in Organizations
    or
    COM 631 — Interpersonal Communication at Work
    or
    COM 639 — Seminar in Conflict Resolution (3 hours)
  • COM 672* — Communication in Instructional Environments (3 hours)
  • COM 680 — Advanced Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • COM 689 — Philosophy and Future of Communication (3 hours)
  • COM 690 — Research Methods in Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • Approved COM elective — 600 level (6 hours)
  • Approved electives — 600 level (9 hours)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Comprehensive examination designed to facilitate integrative learning.

*COM 672 is required for teaching assistants. Students who are not teaching assistants should take an additional COM elective.

Certificate in Organizational Dynamics — 12 hours total

The Certificate in Organizational Dynamics is designed to enhance a person’s ability to lead and be effective in an organizational setting. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and responding to internal and external issues to the organization that impact productivity, reputation, and success. 

Requirements for Admission

Students who hold an undergraduate degree or are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program may apply for the Certificate in Organizational Dynamics program. Persons who already hold a graduate degree may also apply for the Certificate program.

For unconditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of undergraduate work with at least a minor in communication, business, or related field.  For conditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 is required.

Required Courses (6 hrs.)

  • COM    685     Seminar in Organizational Communication
  • COM    639     Seminar in Conflict Resolution

Approved Electives from the following courses (6 hrs.)

  • COM    631     Interpersonal Communication at Work  (3 hours)
  • COM    653     Advanced Team Communication and Leadership (3 hours)
  • COM    673     Organizational Training and Development (3 hours)
  • COM    677     Organizational Learning and Dialogue (3 hours)
  • JMC     602     Seminar in Advertising (3 hours)
  • JMC     603     Seminar in Public Relations (3 hours)
  • MGT     651     Seminar in Organizational Behavior (3 hours)

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (MSU Graduate Degree Requirements).
Additional departmental requirements are as follows:

Unconditional

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 with at least a minor in communication, business, or related field.

Conditional

  • Conditional admission my be granted to applicants who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in fields other than communication.
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50.
  • Conditional students may be required to complete certain undergraduate courses before beginning the program. After beginning the program, conditional students will undergo a review after their first nine hours and are admitted to full standing after completion of B or better work and approval of the graduate coordinator.

Application Deadlines and Other Information

  • All graduate programs in the Department of Organizational Communication are on a rolling application basis. Therefore, students interested in applying for the program may submit their application at any time.
  • Interested applicants can apply for graduate admission by completing the MSU Graduate Application.
  • The Department of Organizational Communication does not require the GRE at this time.
  • International students entering the organizational communication program from the Murray State University English as Second Language program (ESL) must have completed Level 6 and must score at least a 500 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 178 on the computer-based test. International students who have not completed the ESL program must score at least a 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.

 Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Organizational Communication offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships to selected candidates. The selection process requires candidates to complete an application, provide three letters of recommendation and undergo an interview with the Director of the Basic Courses. Selected Graduate Teaching Assistants earn a stipend for their work. For more information contact Patty Parish at pparish@murraystate.edu.

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

The Department of Organizational Communication is part of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business is AACSB Accredited.