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Master of Arts in Communication/Master of Business Administration


The MA in Communication equips students with the academic knowledge and professional skills related to the field of communication, by providing a focus on communication studies as well as organizational communication management. Students are exposed to theory, research methods, and contemporary trends in communication along with improving their skills in public speaking, designing effective visual support for messages, using technology related to communication, and leading communication activities for groups in order to support effective messaging throughout (and outside of) an organization. 

The MBA provides the knowledge and competency skills needed for strategic and visionary leadership which are needed in today's successful organizations operating in the global community. The MBA curriculum gives special attention to critical/analytical thinking skill development necessary for effective decision making and leading others in the execution of strategic plans.


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.


Accounting I and II
ACCT 5311 - Survey of Accounting

Business Law
MANA 51.522 - Business Legal Environment

Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
ECON 5311 - Managerial Economics

Financial Management
FINA 51.521 - Foundations of Finance

Principles of Management
MANA 51.521 - Management Theory

Principles of Marketing
MRKT 51.521 - Marketing Concepts

MANA 6303 - Research and Statistics

BUAD 5301 - Orientation to American Business Techniques and Culture (for International Students only)

Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution and do not count toward degree completion.


Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM - 12 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


COMA 6305 - Presentation Communication (S-L)*
COMA 6307 - Communication Leadership for Groups
COMA 6309 - Social Media and Communication
COMA 6321 - Strategic Communication for Organizations

MA IN COMMUNICATION REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


COMA 6301 - Advanced Communication Theory+
COMA 6303 - Digital Media Communication
COMA 6312 - Advanced Persuasive Communication
COMA 6314 - Intercultural Communication
COMA 6324 - Communication for Global Organizations
COMA 6326 - Organizational Communication Management Graduate Research Project
Six (6) hours of the MBA Required Curriculum served as electives for the MA in Communication Required Curriculum.


MBA REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


ACCT 6321 - Managerial Accounting
FINA 6301 - Corporate Finance
MANA 6302 - Quantitative Analysis for Managers
MANA 6310 - Leadership in Management
MANA 6314 - Organizational Change and Development
MANA 6320 - Business Ethics
MANA 6341 - Strategic Management Decisions (S-L)* (Capstone course)
MISM 6314 - Management Information Systems
MRKT 6301 - Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions (S-L)*
MRKT 6341 - Advanced Marketing Strategies


12 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Communication Required Curriculum

30 hours

MBA Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

+Prerequisite: COMA 6300.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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