Major in Professional Communication

As organizations become more interrelated locally and globally, individuals who demonstrate effective communication skills will become more valuable. Professional communication helps students enhance their marketability in today's business environment through the integration of theory and practice and the development of essential interpersonal and organizational skills.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain major theories of, approaches to, and perspectives on communication and apply to multiple professional contexts.
  2. Demonstrate communication competence in professional interpersonal, group, public, organizational, and intercultural contexts.
  3. Evaluate and conduct research.

Who is it for?

The degree is ideal for individuals with an interest in administrative, supervisory or managerial positions that require an understanding of communication strategy and theory, critical analysis, and the management of organizations and group interactions.

Students may use the degree to launch their professional career or as the foundation for graduate program or law school.

Potential careers

Advertising; broadcasting; business administration; corporate communications; health care administration; human resource manager; marketing and promotions; politics; publishing; public relations; public service administration; public speaking; speech writing.

Courses, minor in Professional Communication

The major requires 30 credit hours (10 courses). The minor requires 21 credits (7 courses). More...

Student profiles

Ron Smith

Bachelor's in Professional Communication '05,
Master's in Leadership Studies '09
Assistant Managing Editor/News Operations,
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Marquette University's College of Professional Studies has been the best investment I've ever made. The faculty, staff and students have a spirit of excellence that flows outside the classroom and into the community. For me, it's not all about the grades, but it is all about the outcome and making a difference."


Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298