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M.A. in Communication and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry

M.A. in Corporate Communication and Pastoral Ministry 

M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication and Pastoral Ministry


Program Description

The Communication & Rhetorical Studies Program and the Pastoral Ministry programs have created a plan of study that allows you to receive a degree in both programs after completing a 51-credit curriculum. You may choose a joint M.A. in Pastoral Ministry with one of two Communication & Rhetorical Studies degrees: an M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication or an M.A. in Corporate Communication.

Students who wish to combine studies in pastoral ministry with communication may enroll in the dual MA. Students must apply concurrently to each sponsoring department to be considered for the dual MA. Separate guidelines are available through Pastoral Ministry (ministry@duq.edu, or phone 412-396-6528) and through the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies (phone 412-396-6446).

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this dual degree program, you must apply separately to the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Theology Department graduate programs. You must be accepted by both programs, and must declare your intent to pursue this dual academic program at the time of application to Duquesne University. You cannot transfer into this joint degree program following acceptance into another program of study. Advisors are available in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Theology Department to provide you with guidance and advice on each program.

Dual Degree Options

Students may choose a dual M.A. in Pastoral Ministry with one of two communication degrees:

  • M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication
  • M.A. in Corporate Communication

Communication & Rhetorical Studies Requirements - Course Descriptions

Required Core Courses for Either Option

  • COMM 500  Professional Communication
  • COMM 501  Persuasion in the Marketplace
  • COMM 515  Organizational Communication
  • COMM 523  Communication Ethics & Professional Civility

Corporate Communication Track

  • COMM 522  Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 554  Interpersonal Communication
  • Choose three of the following courses: COMM 503, 508, 518, 536, 590, or 700

Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication Track

  • COMM 507  Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 514  Rhetoric, Religion & Society
  • COMM 554  Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 559  Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 561  Rhetorical Theory

Theology Requirements

Theology Core Courses

12 credits "non-shared" Theology courses

  • THEO 520  Christology
  • THEO 531  Ecclesiology
  • THEO 538  Sacraments
  • THEO 543  Catholic Social Thought

Plus non-credit Practicum requirement:

  • THEO 589  Formative Minsitry Practicum

24 credits "shared" courses

  • THEO 510  Old Testament
  • THEO 509  New Testament
  • THEO 541  Ethics
  • THEO 539  Theology of Ministry

Elective (3 crs.)