MA in Corporate Communication

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Communication is increasingly considered an executive-level function in organizations around the world. Many companies now have a chief communication officer (CCO) position, which is typically responsible for identity and reputation management, corporate social responsibility, financial communication and investor relations, executive communication, government relations, internal communication, and more.

Marquette’s unique interdisciplinary program is one of a few in the nation that combines public relations fundamentals and communication theory with an advanced business education to prepare professionals for executive-level communication roles in an increasingly complex communication landscape.

The 30 credit-hour program combines coursework from the Diederich College of Communication and the Graduate School of Management. Courses include:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Organizational Communication
  • Corporate Advocacy
  • Financial Communication and Investor Relations
  • Accounting and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager
  • Economic Foundations for Marketing Decisions
  • Leading People and Change
  • Leadership Coaching and Development
  • Leadership Elective
  • International Elective

Students who have successfully completed the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) professional certification the equivalent of two courses (six academic credit hours) toward a Master’s of Arts in Corporate Communication. This can be completed before you enter the program or while a student. The two-course waiver recognizes the mastery of strategic communication practice, competencies, and ethical standards achieved by those holding the APR—internationally recognized for more than 50 years as the industry standard in credentials for public relations professionals.

The communication competencies recognized in the APR align with the learning outcomes of master’s level courses. Students are admitted to the program on a rolling basis throughout the year. Upon acceptance to the program, students with the APR certification can waive the following two courses and this will be reflected on your record after completing the first 9 credits of the CCOM degree:

o   Communication Consulting (CMST 6600/5600)

o   Corporate Advocacy (CCOM 6700/5700)

This option saves you both time and money!