Master of Arts in Professional Communication Online

Improve your career prospects and gain an edge with a Master of Arts in Professional Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This online M.A. gives you valuable knowledge and experience for potential careers in public relations, social media, marketing, communication, and more.

Apply by: 1/9/23
Start class: 1/30/23
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Overview

Why consider the M.A. in Professional Communication Online

$15,750 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
30 Credit Hours

In today’s fast-paced job market, being a skilled communicator is more important than ever. The online Master of Arts in Professional Communication program is designed to equip you with the practical tools you need to be successful in any industry.

In this interactive, experiential communication program, you will be actively engaged in a variety of projects that translate into real-world experience, such as proposal development, grant writing, and digital production techniques. You will learn to communicate strategically and ethically to diverse audiences, facilitate constructive communication to enhance various interactions, and understand diverse perspectives in the workplace.

Course work in this online communication master’s degree examines everything from communication in a global workplace, to the philosophy of communication, and the roles that genders play in determining access to power in the U.S. workplace.

The knowledge and experience you acquire in this 30-hour master’s degree in communication can be applied to a wide range of career paths, including public relations, social media strategist, marketing manager or director, communication, media buyer, producer, reporter, video editor, technical writer, advertising manager, or community leader.

All courses are seven weeks in length and taught by experienced, engaged faculty with diverse professional backgrounds.

Accreditation:

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The Department of Business programs in the College of Business, Economics, and Computing at UW-Parkside are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

In this online M.A. program, you will learn:

  • To produce audience-centered messages through advanced writing, storytelling, and argumentation
  • To master formal presentational skills in mediated and unmediated contexts
  • To facilitate constructive communication to enhance organizational, community, and cultural interactions
  • To enact civic and organizational leadership skills
  • To embody critical, diverse perspectives in the workplace
  • To produce audience-centered messages through advanced writing, storytelling, and argumentation
  • To master formal presentational skills in mediated and unmediated contexts
  • To facilitate constructive communication to enhance organizational, community, and cultural interactions
  • To enact civic and organizational leadership skills
  • To embody critical, diverse perspectives in the workplace

As a graduate, you will be prepared for a variety of careers, including:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Producer
  • Video Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Advertising Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Producer
  • Video Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Advertising Manager

Online Master’s programs also available:

$15,750 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
30 Credit Hours

Accreditation:

AACSB Accredited logo

The Department of Business programs in the College of Business, Economics, and Computing at UW-Parkside are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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Tuition

UW-Parkside’s reasonably priced online degree tuition

Tuition for the M.A. in Professional Communication online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

$15,750 Total Tuition
$525 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$15,750 Total Tuition
$525 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Upcoming dates and deadlines for our Professional Communication degree program

The M.A. in Professional Communication program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that best suits your goals.

Now enrolling:

1/9/23 Apply Date
1/30/23 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall II10/31/2210/10/2210/17/2210/25/2210/30/2212/16/227 weeks
Spring I1/30/231/9/231/16/231/24/231/29/233/17/237 weeks
Spring II3/27/233/6/233/13/233/21/233/26/235/24/237 weeks
Summer I5/22/235/1/235/8/235/16/235/21/237/7/237 weeks
Summer II7/10/236/19/236/26/237/4/237/9/238/25/237 weeks
Fall I9/11/238/21/238/28/239/5/239/10/2310/27/237 weeks
Fall II10/30/2310/9/2310/16/2310/24/2310/29/2312/15/237 weeks

Now enrolling:

1/9/23 Apply Date
1/30/23 Class Starts

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Admissions

What you need to know before applying

For unconditional admission into the M.A. in Professional Communication online program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree and provide transcripts from all institutions previously attended as well as meet the requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of intent

For admission into the M.A. in Professional Communication online program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Write a 500-word statement about why you would like to enter the program

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, regardless if they appear on the degree awarding transcript or not, should be mailed directly from the institution(s) to UW-Parkside at this address:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144

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Courses

A look at the online Master’s in Professional Communication curriculum

The M.A. in Professional Communication online curriculum is comprised of 30 credit hours, including 21 credit hours of core courses and 9 credit hours of electives.

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines communication or communication in a global workplace emphasizing intercultural and multi-generational differences.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduces a number of theoretical backgrounds and methodological processes involved in doing media scholarship, such as analyses of industries, audiences, texts, and discourses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides opportunity for research experience in interviewing, survey creation, and analysis.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the connections between communication, conflict, and personal/social transformation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explores rhetorical perspectives and practices of leadership, critical followership, and ethics.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides guidance for developing a master’s thesis or project proposal.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continues the process of project or thesis development including conducting research, implementing the project, writing the final document, and presenting results.
You must take three of the following courses. Up to two courses from outside of the program may be accepted for elective credit with consent of the graduate program director or graduate advisor.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Investigates the roles that genders play in defining and determining access to leadership and power in the U.S. workplace. Explores women, men, and non-binary genders in leadership positions within the corporate, political, and non-profit sectors.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Develops skills necessary for writing successful grants. Covers different types of grants, identifying funding agencies, interpreting calls for grant proposals, and creating persuasive narratives.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines autoethnographic writing as a mode of qualitative research, art form, and transformative process of understanding human behavior and lived experience.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Delves into the nature of human "Being," by exploring philosophical discourse about communication, experience, interpretation, truth, art, persuasion, and the construction and interpretation of reality.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduces digital production techniques and technologies appropriate to achieve success in multiplatform workplaces. Develops skills in audio and video production and integrating multimedia projects on social networking platforms.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Considers argument in the context of theory and practice through a community-based project. Analyzes theoretical foundations for how the exchange of reason influences individuals and collectives in private and public life.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the theory and practice of dialogue as a form of communication. Analyzes a range of perspectives and strategies to gain proficiency as facilitators of the dialogue process.
  • Over the years, UW-Parkside has been cited as one of the most affordable AACSB-accredited MBA programs in the nation.

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