Graduate Programs

Why study organizational communication?

Effective communication is essential for any workplace. With a master’s degree in organizational communication from Murray State, you’ll gain the skills employers look for in leaders. Lead teams, negotiate conflict, manage strategies, train new hires and develop persuasive sales techniques. You’ll be prepared for all that and more, ready to excel in business and nonprofit areas. Plus, for long-distance or local students, this program is offered both online and on campus — suitable whichever way best fits your needs.

 About the program

The Department of Organizational Communication offers several opportunities for you to study organizational communication at the graduate level and expand your knowledge in effective organizational membership, human management and prudent leadership in organizations. The programs are created for working professionals as well as the traditional graduate student. You can complete courses by choosing the delivery format that best meets your needs (face-to-face, online or a combination of both). Students who need the flexibility of online courses can complete all degree requirements online, interacting with faculty and students through Canvas, our learning management system software.

Curriculum

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Master of Arts in Organizational Communication (33 hours total)

Total Curriculum Requirements (33 hours)  
Required Courses (18 total hours) Hours 
COM 680: Advanced Organizational Communication  3
COM 689: Philosophy and Future of Communication  3
COM 690: Research Methods in Organizational Communication 3
COM 693: Readings in Communication Research  3
COM 698-699: Thesis  6
Choose one of the following classes (3 total hours)  Hours
COM 622: Communication Technology in Organizations  3
COM 631: Interpersonal Communication at Work  3
COM 639: Seminar in Conflict Resolution  3
COM 682: Crisis Communication  3
Required COM Electives (600-level; 6 total hours)  Hours
COM 603: Seminar in Communication Variables  3
COM 610: Internship  3-6
COM 622: Communication Technology in Organizations  3
COM 630: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication  3
COM 631: Interpersonal Communication at Work  3
COM 635: Customer Communication  3
COM 636: Health Communication  3
COM 640: Seminar in Intercultural Communication  3
COM 644: Graduate Cooperative Education  3
COM 653: Advanced Communication and Team Leadership  3
COM 661: Theories of Persuasion and Argumentation  3
*COM 672: Communication in Instructional Environments  3
COM 673: Organizational Training and Development  3
COM 677: Organizational Learning and Dialogue  3
COM 682: Seminar in Crisis Communication  3
COM 685: Seminar in Organizational Communication  3
COM 687: Leadership Communication  3
COM 694: Directed Individual Study in Organizational Communication 3
Required Electives (600-level; 6 total hours)  

* COM 672 is required for teaching assistants. Students who are not teaching assistants should take an additional COM elective. 

Master of Science in Organizational Communication (30 hours total)

Total Curriculum Requirements (30 hours)  
Required Courses (9 total hours)   
COM 680: Advanced Organizational Communication  3
COM 689: Philosophy and Future of Communication  3
COM 690: Research Methods in Organizational Communication  3
Choose one of the following classes (3 hours total)  Hours
COM 622: Communication Technology in Organizations  3
COM 631: Interpersonal Communication at Work  3
COM 639: Seminar in Conflict Resolution  3
COM 682: Crisis Communication  3
Required COM Elective (600-level; 9 total hours)  Hours
COM 603: Seminar in Communication Variables  3
COM 610: Internship  3-6
COM 622: Communication Technology in Organizations  3
COM 630: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication  3
COM 631: Interpersonal Communication at Work  3
COM 635: Customer Communication  3
COM 636: Health Communication  3
COM 639: Seminar in Conflict Resolution  3
COM 640: Seminar in Intercultural Communication  3
COM 644: Graduate Cooperative Education  3
COM 653: Advanced Communication and Team Leadership  3
COM 661: Theories of Persuasion and Argumentation  3
*COM 672: Communication in Instructional Environments  3
COM 673: Organizational Training and Development  3
COM 677: Organizational Learning and Dialogue  3
COM 682: Seminar in Crisis Communication  3
COM 685: Seminar in Organizational Communication  3
COM 687: Leadership Communication  3
COM 694: Directed Individual Study in Organizational Communication  3
Required Electives (600-level; 9 total hours)   

* COM 672 is required for teaching assistants. Students who are not teaching assistants should take an additional COM elective. 

Certificate in Organizational Dynamics (12 hours total) 

If you’re looking to gain skills today’s employers are looking for, consider the organizational dynamics graduate certificate. You'll gain the knowledge you need to lead any type of organization. Graduate with skills in team building, conflict management, managerial strategies, persuasion techniques and much more. We’ll be sure to prepare you for a versatile career path that will help you excel in literally any field.

Students who hold an undergraduate degree or are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program may apply for the graduate certificate in organizational dynamics program. Persons who already hold a graduate degree may also apply for the certificate program.

Unconditional admission includes the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of undergraduate work
  • At least a minor in communication, business or related field

Conditional admission includes the following requirements: 

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 
Total Curriculum Requirements (12 hours)  
Required Courses (6 total hours)  Hours
COM 685: Seminar in Organizational Communication 3
COM 639: Seminar in Conflict Resolution  3
Choose two of the following electives (6 total hours)  Hours
COM 631: Interpersonal Communication at Work  3
COM 653: Advanced Team Communication and Leadership  3
COM 673: Organizational Training and Development  3
COM 667: Organizational Learning and Dialogue  3
JMC 602: Seminar in Advertising  3
JMC 603: Seminar in Public Relations  3
MGT 651: Seminar in Organizational Behavior  3

 Requirements for Admission

Applicants must meet the Murray State Graduate Degree Requirements. Additional departmental requirements are as follows: 

Unconditional Admission

  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 with at least a minor in communication, business or related field.

Conditional Admission

  • Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in fields other than communication
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50
  • Conditional students may be required to complete certain undergraduate courses before beginning the program. After beginning the program, conditional students will undergo a review after their first nine hours and are admitted to full standing after completion of B or better work and approval of the graduate coordinator.

Application Deadlines and Other Information

  • All graduate programs in the Department of Organizational Communication are on a rolling application basis. Therefore, students interested in applying for the program may submit their application at any time.
  • Interested applicants can apply for graduate admission by completing the Murray State Graduate Application.
  • The Department of Organizational Communication does not require the GRE at this time.
  • International students entering the organizational communication program from the Murray State University English as Second Language program (ESL) must have completed Level 6 and must score at least a 500 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 178 on the computer-based test. International students who have not completed the ESL program must score at least a 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships 

The Department of Organizational Communication offers graduate teaching assistantships to select candidates. The selection process requires candidates to complete an application, provide three letters of recommendation and undergo an interview with the director of the basic courses, Patty Parish. Selected graduate teaching assistants earn a stipend for their work. Contact Patty Parish at pparish@murraystate.edu for more information.

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business 

The Department of Organizational Communication is part of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business is AACSB accredited.

Tuition and Fees 

Murray State tuition and fees are cost competetive. Graduate Programs Tuition & Fees

Contact

Dr. Frances Smith
Graduate Program Director 
Department of Organizational Communication
311-A Wilson HAll
fsmith@murraystate.edu
270-809-4463