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 following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses, and 15 credits accruing from one of the following options: non-thesis option (15 elective credits with a minimum of 6 credits from the COMM electives list), and thesis option (6 credits in thesis and 9 elective credits, with a minimum of 3 credits from the COMM electives list).




COMM 6150



or ORSC 6224

Persuasion and Negotiation

COMM 6100

Communication Theory


COMM 6110

Research Methods in Communication


COMM 6171

Professional Communication


COMM 6190

Leadership Communication


Optional Method courses


STAT 6104

Statistics in Management, Administration, and Policy Studies


DNSC 6202

Statistics for Managers


PUBH 6264

Quantitative Methods


PUBH 6504

Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods


PUBH 8417

Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis


EDUC 8122

Qualitative Research Methods


PSYC 8257

Current Topics in Social Psychology


Required for the Thesis Option 


COMM 6199

Master's Thesis (taken for six credits )




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

Organizational Communication and Conflict Management


or ORSC 6242

Organizational Communication and Conflict Management

COMM 6165

Organizational and Communication Networks


COMM 6189

Intercultural Negotiation 


ORSC 6243

Seminar: Leadership in Complex Organizations


COMM 6196

Independent Study


The following is a suggested, non-exhaustive list of electives from outside of the OSC department; must be approved by the advisor. 


ANTH 6506

Topics in Medical Anthropology


DNSC 6247

Organization, Management, and Leadership


DNSC 6290

Special Topics (Communication Strategy in Project Management)


EDUC 6530

Intercultural Campus Leadership


HOL 6704

Leadership in Organizations


IAFF 6171

Introduction to Conflict Resolution


IBUS 6201

International Marketing


IBUS 6401

International Business Strategy


MGT 6210

Leading Teams


MGT 6215

Conflict Management and Negotiations


ORSC 6212

Current Issues in Personnel Testing and Selection


ORSC 6214

Personnel Training and Performance Appraisal Systems


PMGT 6404

Principled Political Leadership


PMGT 6402

Applied Political Communications


PSYC 8243

Seminar: Psychology of Leadership in Organizations


PSYC 8248

Research Applications to Organizational Intervention and Change


PUBH 6247

Design of Health Studies


PUBH 6431

Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills


PUBH 6500

Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs


PUBH 6501

Program Evaluation


PUBH 6503

Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing


PUBH 6570

Advanced Public Health Communication: Theory and Practice


SMPA 6202

Media Effects, Public Opinion, and Persuasion


SMPA 6204

Strategic Political Communication





Dr. Meina Liu
Communication Management Program Director
[email protected]

Dr. Lucian Lu
Communication Management Graduate Advisor
[email protected]