The master’s program in communication further equips you with the communication and leadership skills necessary for a wide range of careers. You’ll explore the meaning and purpose of leadership, and learn the importance of others-centered communication.
Through practical experience and communication theory you’ll learn how to interact in various social situations and with a wide variety of people.
The program prepares you to excel in organizational communication and gives you the tools to succeed wherever God leads you.
All students pursuing the master of arts in communication are required to complete an interview. This interview is used to evaluate your background and determine your potential as a graduate student.
BJU’s master of arts program in communication combines both academic and practical aspects into your studies. You’ll explore quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and learn how to conduct both types within organizations.
You’ll have the option to conduct traditional graduate research through an academic thesis, or participate in an applied graduate project, which gives you practical experience through the development of a consulting document for an organization that you’re working with.
You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives, including Nonverbal Communication, Intercultural Communication and Conflict Management, so that you can tailor your program to your research interests and professional goals. You’ll also gain an understanding of leadership, specifically in the areas of organizational culture, change and decision making.
You’ll learn advanced principles of organizational communication and applied communication strategies for managers and executives. In addition, your studies at BJU will prepare you to be a leader in every part of your life: career, family, local church and community.
At BJU you’ll study under our highly qualified faculty, who have PhDs in the areas of organizational communication and leadership.
Their degrees are from a variety of institutions, including The University of Kansas, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Nebraska.
The faculty also have many years of experience in the corporate environment and have served as business consultants, trainers and mediators.
Learn from the Professionals
At various points during the year, BJU communication faculty invite guest speakers for lunch with you and other communication students. These informal get-togethers are great opportunities for you to hear more about communication and to talk about current trends and issues with professionals in the field.
National Communication Association
Throughout your time as a graduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a number of conferences sponsored by the National Communication Association (NCA). The NCA was founded in 1914 and exists to promote the “widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.”
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.
Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
The following courses are required:
- Introduction to Graduate Studies
- Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
- Advanced Organizational Communication
- Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
- Applied Communication Research I
- Leadership & Communication
- Assessment Methods in Communication
- Management Effectiveness & Communication
6 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:
Each student will:
- Design and execute a research project using appropriate research methodologies.
- Critique multiple theoretical perspectives of human communication.
- Evaluate communication practices in organizational contexts.