Our Program at a Glance

Master of Arts in Communication

The Diederich College of Communication’s Master of Arts program equips you to make a difference in your own life and in society as a whole. Your graduate adviser helps you tailor your course of study and works with you throughout your program.

You'll complete a 15-credit Common Core, plus credits in your area of specialization and electives. Students can take electives in various areas in communication or take courses from other graduate programs at Marquette. Thesis track students complete 30 hours total; professional track students complete 36 hours total.

Specializations

Advertising and Public Relations
Communication Studies
Journalism
Mass Communication
Science, Health and Environmental Communication
Learn more about earning a Master of Arts degree in Communication

 

Certificate In Digital Storytelling

This 15-credit non-degree program offers an opportunity to develop multimedia skills while learning how storytelling is used in public life by various professionals, such as journalists, public historians, fundraisers, advertisers, educators, public relations specialists, or communication specialists in organizations. Take a multimedia course to learn the basics, a course in narrative storytelling, and a capstone course that allows you to build a micro site. Use these new courses as electives in the M.A. program or combine them with two other electives to build a Certificate in Digital Storytelling.

This 15-credit, is for those who want to strengthen their communication skills in the workplace to solve professional communication challenges. The certificate can stand alone or be applied toward the master’s degree in communication for students admitted to the degree program.
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Interdisciplinary and Joint-Degree Opportunities

 

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

This doctorate program gives you the chance to create an academic program that cuts across traditional disciplines. Instead of being supported by one department, school or college, your program is administered by a faculty committee.
View guidelines for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program

 

Joint M.A. Communication and Political Science or International Affairs

Study politics and communication. Earn two degrees.

The College of Communication and the Department of Political Science offer a joint study program leading to a master's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Political Science or International Affairs.

You can earn both degrees in less time than pursuing them separately because you count nine credits in each program toward the requirements of the other program. The joint program reduces total credit hours for the two degrees by 18 hours.

You must submit separate applications, including two sets of required documentation, to the Graduate School for admission to both programs. Acceptance to one program does not guarantee acceptance to the other.

Typically, joint degree students complete the core communication courses and substitute political science or international affairs courses for specialization courses or electives. Consult with the associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research for specifics.

M.A. Degree in Communication with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution

M.A. students in Communication can also earn a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Here’s how. Students pursuing the 36-hour course option can earn up to 12 hours of electives toward their degree from other areas within Marquette University, such as Dispute Resolution (DIRS). With efficient planning, students can take four DIRS courses and count them as electives in their COMM program.

Those who want both the M.A. degree in Communication and the graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution simply take one additional DIRS course, assuming they are admitted to the Certificate program. The 15-hour Certificate in Dispute Resolution consists of four courses and a practicum.
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Learning Outcomes

After completing the M.A. program, graduates are able to:

  • Apply research-based, theory-informed knowledge to the identification and solution of real-life issues in the field and understands the ethical implications of communication research.
  • Integrate knowledge from theory, methods, and ethics from the discipline of communications to their particular specialization area.

 

After completing the certificate program, graduates are able to:

  • Express ideas through narrative storytelling using digital media that are appropriate for different forms of content within the various professions in communication.
  • Articulate the relationship between narrative structure and meaning of the message for the professional fields of communication.