Our Program at a Glance
Tailored to Your Interests, Goals and Background
Maybe you've just earned your undergraduate
degree, or you're already working full time. You may already be in your chosen
field but want the added depth of knowledge to advance in your career. Maybe
you envision a career in teaching and plan to pursue a Ph.D. in the future, or
maybe you simply want the intellectual enrichment that a master's degree
Our master of arts program is
designed to fit your needs and your dreams. Your graduate adviser helps you
complement the foundational courses with electives and courses in your
specialization to create a program of study that prepares you for the next
phase of your life.
Foundational Courses: All
graduate students in communication take the following courses in addition to
those courses required for a specialization.
- COMM 6001 Communication Theory in Context
- COMM 6002 Communication Research in Action
- COMM 6250 Communication as Ethical Process
Specializations: All graduate
students in communication choose a specialization from the areas below and take
twelve credit hours of coursework. For a list of complete course descriptions,
please visit the Marquette Bulletin.
Communication Professions and Society
This specialization provides students with the theoretical and methodological foundation needed for positions of intellectual leadership in communication professions, or for doctoral studies. The proseminar format encourages students to discover their individual interests within a broad spectrum of communication concepts, theories, and research methods.
The proseminars are organized under six important contemporary topics; their exact content and title will vary depending upon term and instructor. Proseminars may be repeated under different titles. To complete the communication professions and society specialization, students must choose 4 proseminars from the following list. Each course has variable topics and may be repeated once; however, students must complete courses in at least 3 areas.
- Proseminar in Relationships: Managing Challenging Relationships and Difficult Conversations
- Proseminar in Public Life: Storytelling in Public Life
- Proseminar in Media: Media Representations of Identity
- Proseminar in Health, Science and Environment: Health Campaigns
- Proseminar in Public Life: Political Communication
- Proseminar in Media: Sociology of Communication -- How Social, Political, Economic Institutions Impact Mediated and Public Discourse
- Proseminar in Organizations: Corporate Social Responsibility
- Proseminar in Media: Global Strategies in Public Relations and Advertising
- Proseminar in Technology: New Technology in Contemporary Society
Digital Communication Strategies
This specialization provides students with the conceptual foundation and practical training they need to help organizations plan and execute effective digital communication strategies. Courses will help students identify and plan communication strategy, develop digital content, and measure the effectiveness of communication messages within a variety of professional contexts, including advertising, public relations, and journalism. Students may tailor their course selections to meet their professional needs and interests.
The digital communication strategies specialization offers topic-based courses that take an applied approach to the strategic use of digital communication technologies. Specific titles will vary, depending upon term and instructor, and topics courses may be repeated under different titles.
To complete the digital communication strategies specialization, students choose 4 courses from the following list. Each course has variable topics and may be repeated once; however, students must complete courses in at least 3 areas.
- Digital Communication Strategies Measurement: Data Analytics and Reasoning
- Digital Communication Strategies Technologies: Emerging Social Media – Menck
- Digital Communication Strategies Technologies: Documentary Production
- Digital Communication Strategies Content: Writing in a Corporate Context
- Digital Communication Strategies in Technologies: Craft of Digital Storytelling
- Digital Communication Strategies in Content: Freelance Writing for Magazine Media
- Digital Communication Strategies in Leadership: Training and Development
Thesis and Professional Tracks
All students regardless of
specialization have the option to choose between a thesis track and a
professional project track.
Thesis-track students complete six
credits of COMM 6999, Master's Thesis, in addition to the 24 credits of
required course work from the foundational courses, specialization courses, and
electives for 30 credits total.
Professional-track students complete
a professional project and three credits of practicum, for 36 credits total.
Professional project students
complete three credits of COMM 6998, Professional project, three credits
of COMM 6964, Communication Practicum, in addition to the 24 credits of
required course work from the foundational courses, specialization courses and
electives for 36 credits total.