The Master of Arts in Communication at the University of Southern Indiana is a comprehensive and integrated curriculum that bridges communication studies and mass communication areas and focuses on a strategic approach to the discipline. Exposure to the broad spectrum of communication and mass media studies prepares students, who are primarily working professionals, for advancement in a variety of communication and media professions and services.
The Master of Arts program provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in the field of communication. Our students can expect to examine a variety of problems through the lens of communication in areas as diverse as technological change, international relations, conflict and negotiation, organizational functioning, personal relationships, regional economic development, corporate responsibility, community outreach, and consensus and coalition building. We deliberately adopt pedagogical techniques, such as a case study approach, that develop our students’ problem solving abilities and critical thinking skills. Our hands-on capstone experience connects our students’ learning experience with real-life problems and will provide a service to the community. For students who want to pursue advanced graduate studies, we also offer a thesis option that allows them to gain experience in academic research.
Students who complete the Master of Arts in Communication are able to apply their increased knowledge of communication processes, contexts, theories, and research methodologies to further their career and educational goals.