Master of Arts in Professional Communication

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

Chair, Department of Communication: Montague

Director: Medjesky

Professor: Montague

Associate Professor: Adams

Assistant Professors: Medjesky, Wang

Instructor of Teaching: Davis

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 and responsible texts for oral presentations, written communication, traditional media, and digital media. (COMM 500, COMM 501, COMM 502, COMM 503, COMM 504, COMM 506, COMM 594, COMM 600, COMM 601, COMM 602)
  2. Explain and critique the theoretical tradition and disciplinary texts and authors/theorists that shape the field of professional communication and apply 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 500, COMM 504, COMM 601, COMM 602)
  4. Apply collaborative communication theory to organizational and interpersonal processes and within professional communication environments. (COMM 500, COMM 501, COMM 503, COMM 506, COMM 594)
  5. Plan and conduct sustained research that answers questions about communication processes in organizations and the people within organizations. (COMM 500, COMM 505, COMM 600)
  6. 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 502, COMM 504, COMM 600)
  7. Analyze professional communication in a field or industry and apply best practices of professional communication to compose texts and improve communication processes in that field or industry. (sequence options)

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, candidates must:

  1. Submit an application form.
  2. Submit official transcripts, which can be in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency, of all college-level work. Transcripts should show the candidate possesses a baccalaureate degree from a University-recognized accredited institution, except for first-professional doctorate-degree holders, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., PharmD, etc.). Students should 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.

Students, whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from a University of Findlay approved English speaking university, must meet the previously listed admissions conditions plus the following for full admissions:

  1. Must have a verified international English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 8 composite score with all bands at 7.5 or above, or an equivalent score as indicated on the University of Findlay's English Exam Admission Standards. Full admission is dependent on satisfying all admission requirements.
  2. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.

Those applicants that do not meet full admission criteria or cannot supply a verifiable English score from one of the approved tests as listed above can receive conditional admission. Upon arrival, these students are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English as indicated by the University of Findlay's placement exam score before starting their graduate work.

Additionally, if the applicant supplies a non-U.S. school transcript the University's Office of International Admissions and Services may require additional specific documentation. Contact the Office of International Admissions at 800-472-9502 ext. 4558 or https://www.findlay.edu/admissions/international/.

Students will be conditionally admitted until graduate communication coursework preparation has been fulfilled. Graduate communication coursework preparation may be fulfilled by either of the following:

  1. Completion of COMM 500 Introduction to Professional Communication with a grade of B- or better, or
  2. Submission of GRE General Test results with the following scores:
    1. Verbal Reasoning test score of 460/151 or above.
    2. Quantitative Reasoning test score of 630/150 or above.
    3. Analytical Writing test score of 4.0 or above.

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. Fully admitted students complete eight core courses and nine elective hours from one of the interdisciplinary sequences which are designed to allow students to apply their knowledge of professional communication to specific industries and skill sets. The degree includes a series of two capstone or thesis courses culminating in a successful defense of a capstone or thesis project. Students must complete the curriculum within seven years, though the program is designed to be completed within two years.

Conditionally admitted students complete one additional course (COMM 500) to ensure they are prepared for graduate education.

Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. upon completion of the MAPC should consider the Interpersonal Communication or Persuasive Communication interdisciplinary sequence.

Students wishing to complete the MAPC fully online should consult with their academic advisor since not all interdisciplinary sequences are available in an online format.

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree requirements include:

COMM 501Ethical Development and Promotion of Organizational Culture

3

COMM 502Persuasion and Public Opinion

3

COMM 503Strategic Communication

3

COMM 504Digital Media and Communication Campaigns

3

COMM 505Communication Research Methods and Data Collection

3

COMM 506Leadership and Training in Organizations and Digital Spaces

3

COMM 600Thesis/Capstone Proposal

3

 

COMM 601Capstone: Preparation and Defense

3

or

COMM 602Thesis: Writing and Defense

3

and nine hours from one of the following interdisciplinary sequences:

Applied Linguistics

BLMC 510Introduction to Linguistics

3

and 6 credit hours from the following:
BLMC 540Application of Discourse Analysis

3

BLMC 545Advanced Linguistics

3

BLMC 560Sociolinguistics

3

Educational Technology

EDFI 560Technology Integration

3

EDFI 565Curriculum and Instruction for Online Learners

3

EDFI 570Assessment and Data-Driven Decisions for Online Learners

3

Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Management Communication

ENVM 520Public Policy and Communication

3

ENVM 525Organizational Theory and Behavior

3

ENVM 625Project Management and Planning

3

Human Resource Management

MBA 610Leadership and Organizational Behavior

3

MBA 620Management of Human Resources

3

MBA 624Organizational and Human Resource Development

3

Interpersonal Communication

COMM 550Topics in Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM 551Topics in Identity Management

3

COMM 552Topics in Team Building

3

COMM 594Training in Communication Education

1

    COMM 594: up to three hours may be used to meet the nine hour requirement

Leadership

EDUC 500Being an Educational Leader

3

and 6 credit hours from the following:
EDSP 630The Leader: Facilitator of Innovation and Strategic Management

3

EDUC 541Educational Leader as a Change Agent

3

EDUC 650Increasing Effectiveness through Principle-Centered Leadership

3

Marketing

MBA 630Marketing Management and Planning

3

MBA 634Seminar in Marketing and Promotion

3

MBA 662International Marketing

3

Persuasive Communication

ENGL 502Digital Media and Composition

3

ENGL 504Classical Rhetorical Theory

3

ENGL 505Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

3

ENGL 550Topics in Rhetoric and Composition

3

Technical Communication

ENGL 502Digital Media and Composition

3

ENGL 508Writing for Alternative Academic Careers

3

ENGL 552Topics in Technical and Scientific Writing

3

All communication teaching assistants are required to enroll in COMM 594 each semester they are teaching. Students with teaching assistantships who receive a “C” or below grade in COMM 594 will not be permitted to retake COMM 594 or continue as a teaching assistant, though they may continue in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program.

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.

Effective 6/16/2021