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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.


Why consider the M.A. in Professional Communication Online

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.

$15,750 Total Tuition

As few as 12 months Duration

30 Credit Hours

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. You can complete this M.A. in Professional Communication in as few as 12 months.

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


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.

$525 Per Credit Hour

$1,575 Per 3 Credit Hour Course

$15,750 Total Tuition

If you are applying for financial aid, please use Federal School Code 005015. For further information, please contact our Financial Aid Office at 262-595-2574 or [email protected].



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.

Term Session First Class Day Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2021 071 09/13/2021 08/23/2021 08/30/2021 09/07/2021 09/12/2021 10/29/2021
072 11/01/2021 10/11/2021 10/18/2021 10/26/2021 10/31/2021 12/17/2021
Spring 2022 071 01/31/2022 01/10/2022 01/17/2022 01/25/2022 01/30/2022 03/18/2022
072 03/28/2022 03/07/2022 03/14/2022 03/22/2022 03/27/2022 05/13/2022
Summer 2022 071 05/23/2022 05/02/2022 05/09/2022 05/17/2022 05/22/2022 07/08/2022
072 07/11/2022 06/20/2022 06/27/2022 07/05/2022 07/10/2022 08/26/2022


What you need to know before applying

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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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.

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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

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

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

Explores how humans and machines effectively engage in decision-making processes by aligning values, ethics, and shared cognition and how the design of interfaces impact social and cultural factors.

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.

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