Master of Arts in Professional Communication

Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: R. Tulley

Chair, Department of Communication: Montague

Director: Burnside

Professor: Montague

Associate Professor: Burnside

Assistant Professors: Adams, Ferris, Medjesky, Wang

Mission and Goals of the Program

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree develops student communication ability through listening, oral, written and digital communication skills in order to equip current and future professionals in business, health care leadership or non-profit organizations with tools crucial for ongoing professional development.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. Compose effective texts in a variety of modes for both prepared and extemporaneous presentations. (COMM 500, COMM 502, COMM 504, COMM 594, COMM 600, COMM 601)
  2. Describe the theoretical tradition and disciplinary texts and authors/theorists that shape the field of professional communication and use this knowledge to make informed decisions about practical application of these principles. (COMM 500, COMM 501, COMM 502)
  3. Analyze the impact of technology on professional communication, both historically and in contemporary practice, and use these trends to make informed decisions about practical application of these principles. (COMM 504, COMM 601)
  4. Explain major competing theories, issues and practical approaches within the field of professional communication. (COMM 500, COMM 501, COMM 503, COMM 505, COMM 601)
  5. Demonstrate the influence of collaborative communication processes on professional communication theory and within professional communication environments. (COMM 500, COMM 501, COMM 503, COMM 594)
  6. Conduct sustained research and convey the results in writing and digital media in such a way as to make an initial contribution to the ongoing conversation among scholars in the field of professional communication. (COMM 505, COMM 600)
  7. Apply historical and theoretical knowledge from the intertwined disciplines of oral, written and visual communication as these intersect in the field of professional communication. (COMM 500, COMM 501)
  8. Assess the impact of specific technologies upon professional communication and make informed choices about the most effective mode(s) of communication when completing projects. (COMM 500, COMM 504, COMM 600)

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, candidates must:
  1. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or have a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a previous master's degree. This includes classes from all institutions attended. Students who have a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate or graduate grade point average may be considered for conditional admission, but must attain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the first nine hours of the Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MAPC) program to be fully admitted to the program.
  2. Supply two letters of recommendation, which will include an assessment of the candidate’s ability to perform master's-level work.
  3. A personal statement (1 to 2-page essay) evaluating your preparation for graduate study and elaborating how this degree will help you accomplish your educational and career objectives.
  4. Take the GRE General Test and have a Verbal Reasoning test score of 460/151 or above. Non-degree students who wish to change to degree-seeking status must take the GRE General Test within completion of the first 12 hours of the program and submit GRE scores. Applicants with 3 or more years of professional work experience and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be eligible for exemption from the GRE requirement. Please contact the Director of the MAPC program for more information about the GRE waiver.
  5. Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with the possible exception of first-professional doctorate-degree holders, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., PharmD, etc.).
  6. Submit an application form.
  7. Submit official transcripts, which can be in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency, of all college-level work.
Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
  1. A verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 100 with 25 or better in speaking and 25 or better in writing or a verified international English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 8.0. Students not supplying a TOEFL or IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
  2. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.
The MAPC program will allow up to 6 credit hours of transfer credit if the equivalent graduate coursework is taken at another accredited institution. COMM 594, COMM 600 and COMM 601 may not be transferred. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the MAPC program.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MAPC) degree at The University of Findlay is designed to develop student communication ability through listening, oral, written and digital communication skills at an advanced level. Students complete eight core courses (including two capstone courses) and six elective hours. The degree includes a series of two capstone courses culminating in a successful defense of a capstone project. Students must complete the curriculum within seven years, though the program is designed to be completed within two years.

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree requirements include:

COMM 500Introduction to Professional Communication

3

COMM 501Organizational Communication and Culture

3

COMM 502Presentational Speaking

3

COMM 503Strategic Communication

3

COMM 504Digital Media and Communication

3

COMM 505Communication Research Methods

3

COMM 600Capstone I

3

COMM 601Capstone 2

3

6 semester hours of electives taken from:

COMM 550Topics in Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM 551Topics in Identity Management

3

COMM 552Topics in Team Building

3

COMM 594Communication Internship

1

EDHR 641Training and Development in Organizations

3

EDUC 650Increasing Effectiveness through Principle-Centered Leadership

3

ENGL 508Writing for Alternative Academic Careers

3

ENGL 550Topics in Rhetoric and Composition

3

ENGL 552Topics in Technical and Scientific Writing

3

Students in the communication teaching assistantship program may also use COMM 594 hours to count as elective hours. All communication teaching assistants are required to enroll in COMM 594 each semester they are teaching.

Students in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program must maintain a 3.0 average and must have no more than one “C” grade during the course of the program. No more than one course with a grade of “C+,” “C” or “C-” can be used to meet graduation requirements. If a candidate earns a second grade less than “B-,” he/she has the option to retake the course, but must raise the grade to a “B” or better. The higher grade will replace the lower one in the GPA calculation. Candidates are only allowed one opportunity to retake the course and are suspended from taking any other courses in the program while they retake the course. Students with teaching assistantships who receive a “U” grade in COMM 594 will not be permitted to retake COMM 594, though they may continue in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program.