Communication Management MA

The Communication Program in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in the field of Communication Management. Communication Management explores systematic planning, implementing, monitoring, and revising of communication messages and processes (including technology and networks) within and across organizations. The program is designed to meet the needs of a diverse pool of students with varying career aspirations in this growing field.  The curriculum provides advanced instruction in:

  1. Analyzing and developing strategies to enhance communication management functions in intercultural, organizational, public, and health contexts.  
  2. Activating critical thinking, and strategic oral and written communication skills, applicable across multiple communication contexts.
  3. Planning, implementing, and actively facilitating communication management-related training and interventions to individuals, groups, and organizations in various contexts.
  4. Preparing for admission to doctoral programs in communication and related disciplines (such as international affairs, organizational sciences, public health).



The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses, one 3-credit methods course, and 12 credits accruing from one of the following options: thesis option (6 credits in thesis, 3 credits from the COMM electives list, and 3 credits from the non-COMM electives list); or non-thesis option (6 credits from the COMM electives list and 6 credits from the non-COMM electives list).

Required couses (15 credits)

COMM 6150/ORSC6242: Persuasion

COMM 6100: Communication Theory

COMM 6110: Research Methods in Communication

COMM 6171: Professional Communication

COMM 6190: Leadership Communication

Methods Courses- One of the following:

STAT 6104: Statistics

DNSC 6202: Statistics for Management

ORSC 8261: Research Methods in Organizational Sciences

PUBH 6264: Quantitative Methods

PUBH 6504: Social Behavioral Research Methods

PUBH 8417: Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

EDUC 8122: Qualitative Research Methods

PSYC 8257: Structural Equation Modeling

Required for the thesis option:

COMM 6199: Master's Thesis (taken for 6 credits)

Elective courses inside the department- One of the following for the thesis option or two for the non-thesis option, as approved by the advisor:

COMM 6174: Intercultural communication

COMM 6172: Health Communication

COMM 6242/ORSC6242: Organizational Communication and Conflict Management

COMM 6165/ORSC6165: Organizational Network Analysis

COMM 6189: Intercultural Negotiation

ORSC 6243: Leadership in Complex Organizations

COMM 6196: Independent Study

Elective courses outside of the department- One of the following for the thesis option or two for the non-thesis option, as approved by the advisor:

ANTH 6506: Anthropology of Global Health

DNSC 6247: Organization Management and Leadership

DNSC 6290: Communication Strategy in Project Management

EDUC 6530: Intercultural Campus Leadership

HOL 6704: Leadership in Organizations

IAFF 6171: Intro to Conflict Resolution

IBUS 6201: International Marketing

IBUS 6401: International Business Strategy

MGT 6210: Leading Teams

MGT 6215: Conflict Mgt & Negotiation

ORSC 6212: Personnel Testing and Selection

ORSC 6214: Personnel Training and Performance Appraisal Systems

PMGT 6404: Principled Political Leadership

PMGT 6402: Applied Political Communications

PSYC 8243: Psychology of Leadership in Organizations

PSYC 8248: Applications to Organizational Intervention and Change

PUBH 6247: Design of Health Studies

PUBH 6431: Global Health Comm Strategies & Skills

PUBH 6500: Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs

PUBH 6501: Evaluating Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs

PUBH 6503: Intro to Public Health Communication & Marketing

PUBH 6570: Advanced Public Health Comm: Theory & Practice

SMPA 6202: Theories of Mediated Communication

SMPA 6204: Strategic Political Communication







Dr. Meina Liu
Communication Management Graduate Advisor
The George Washington University
600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052