Graduate Program Coordinator:
Pamela O'Brien, PhD
Room 0264, Martin Luther King Building
The Master of Arts in organizational communications prepares students for responsible leadership positions in public, private, and non-profit organizations. In addition, it prepares students for doctoral studies in human communications. This program is an innovative approach to meeting the challenge of a changing environment. The program contains several unique features, including the following:
- A lockstep format designed to provide a foundation in managerial and analytical techniques.
- Access to the Internet, electronic mail, and several computer laboratories for course-related activities.
- Access to cable television program production.
- A problem-solving environment providing real organizational problems in which to apply communications theories.
Admission to the Program
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better (on a 4.0 point scale). Interested persons should complete an application for admission to the Graduate School, pay the application fee, and submit an official copy of the undergraduate transcript.
The program makes provision for the student to acquire skills in:
- Effective presentations
- Effective interpersonal communications
- Group and organizational communications
- Performing communications audits
- Organizational development
- Telecommunications policy crafting and knowledge of major issues in international communications debates
- Desktop publishing
- Internet-based research
- New telecommunications technology
- Issue and crisis management
- Applied communications research
- Mediation and conflict management
- Planning and implementing communications campaigns.
Graduates from this program are prepared for careers in public policy, public relations, public affairs, telecommunications, communications management, communications consultancy, organizational development, organizational publications, research, and other fields needed by a wide range of organizations. Furthermore, the program also prepares graduates for doctoral degree study in human communications and related fields of study.
Public affairs communications
The master's program is a 12-course degree program equaling 36 credit hours. Core courses (15 credit hours) are required of all students. The development of expertise in a specific concentration is possible by choosing additional non-core courses (15 credit hours) from the program and six credit hours of courses from other graduate level offerings outside the program.
- ORGC 502 Communications Theory and Research
- ORGC 504 Organizational Communications
- ORGC 522 Corporate Telecommunications
- ORGC 738 Applied Research Design
- ORGC 815 Thesis
- ORGC 606 Seminar in Domestic Telecommunications Policy
- ORGC 608 Telecommunications and National Development
- ORGC 627 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- ORGC 630 Corporate Advertising
- ORGC 631 Organizational & Intercultural Communications
- ORGC 634 Public Relations Communications
- ORGC 636 International Telecommunications and Information
- ORGC 735 Organizational Publications
- ORGC 810 Practicum in Telecommunications Policy
- ORGC 816 Thesis Advisement
Organizational Communications Specialist Certificate Program
The prerequisites for the certificate program are the same as the prerequisites for the master's program. The purpose of the certificate program is to provide continued professional development for communications practitioners. The requirements for the certificate are 12 credit hours. These hours must include ORGC 504 (Organizational Communications) and ORGC 535 (Organizational Publications).
The Unique Opportunities
The Organizational Communication graduate program at Bowie State University offers working students the opportunity to attend graduate school with few hassles. The following are key reasons why students choose to attend the Organizational Communication program at Bowie State University:
Classes are offered in the evening from 5:30 p.m., which means that working students do not have to adjust their work schedules.
Classes are small. This offers each individual student more interaction time with the instructor.
Experienced faculty. The graduate faculty are widely published in their individual fields of study.