Master of Arts in Communications Management
Welcome to Webster University's online program in communications management. This degree is intended for students working in any communications-related field who are seeking to advance to a position with broader managerial responsibilities.
All students entering this program are required to consult with a School of Communications academic advisor prior to registration. Qualifications and prerequisite courses will be determined at that time. Students may be required to enroll in six hours of prerequisite undergraduate course work. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in prerequisite courses, if required, before they are allowed to enroll in graduate courses. The prerequisite courses are not counted toward the 36 credit hours required for the degree, nor are they considered as part of the credit hours required for advancement to candidacy.
The communications management program reflects the Webster University tradition of academic excellence and innovation in delivering career-oriented education to working professionals. The same distinguished faculty members who teach the traditional classroom courses also teach many of the online courses in the communications management program. Other instructors have been recruited specifically for their reputation and expertise in their areas of specialty. All have extensive professional experience and adhere to the same rigorous academic standards.
Communications Management Curriculum and Course Syllabi
The MA in communications management requires satisfactory completion of 36 graduate credit hours (12 courses). Of these, seven courses are core (required) courses. The remainder are elective courses that can be chosen from an extensive list offering a broad selection of both management and communications-related options.
The course of study for students working towards an MA in communications management is:
(Click on a course link to view the syllabus.)
These courses are taught online and in the classroom:
- MEDC 5000: Media Communications (Requisite Course)
- MEDC 5300: Strategic Communications
- MEDC 5310: Media and Culture
- MEDC 5350: Media Organization and Regulations
- MEDC 5400: Media Production Management
- MEDC 6000: Seminar in Media Communications
- PBRL 5323: Organizational Communications
A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed from the following:
- BUSN 5000: Business
- BUSN 5680: Issues in Business Project Management
- HRMG 5000: Developing and Managing Human Resources
- INTB 5000: International Business
- MNGT 5000: Management
- MRKT 5000: Marketing
- MEDC 5010: Introduction to Graduate Studies: Advanced Thinking and Writing
- MEDC 5360: International Communications
- MEDC 5460: Media Research
- PBRL 4190: Public Relations Research
- PBRL 5322: Public Relations
- PBRL 5465: Crisis Management Communications
These courses are taught in the classroom:
- HRDV 5680: Ethics, Values, and Legal Issues in Human Resources Development
- INTB 5650: International Business Management
- MEDC 5430: Media Communications Technology
- MEDC 5550: Topics in Media Communications
- MEDC 5600: Introduction to Interactive Communications
- MEDC 5650: Special Topics in Interactive Media
- PBRL 5451: Communication Strategies for Investors and and Financial Stakeholders
- PBRL 5452: Communication Strategies for Public Affairs and Government Relations
Not all courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.
View the Graduate Studies Catalog for complete descriptions of these courses and the graduate courses in Media Communications, Media Literacy, and Public Relations.