Corporate Communication and Business Dual Degree

As a student in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies dual master's program in corporate communication and business, you will be immersed in studies that combine two distinct fields, providing you with a well-rounded understanding of both communication principles and business practices.

You will focus on the development and execution of effective communication strategies within organizations, including such finer areas of study such as crisis communication, stakeholder engagement and media relations. You’ll explore the fundamentals of marketing, including market research and product development, while also studying the psychology and sociology of organizations and various marketplaces.

You’ll become an expert in financial principles, including financial analysis, budgeting and investment strategies, and explore case studies of the development and execution of integrated marketing campaigns, including advertising, public relations and digital marketing.

On top of Duquesne’s strong liberal arts foundation, you will build the skills needed to succeed in a variety of roles in the wider worlds of corporate communications and business.


Program Type

Dual Degree



Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

You will obtain two degrees from two separate schools within Duquesne University.

  • COMM 500 Professional Communication
  • COMM 501 Persuasion in the Marketplace
  • COMM 556 Organizational & Leadership Communication
  • COMM 522 Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 523 Comm. Ethics & Professional Civility
  • Required Electives (15 cr.) 6 credits fulfilled through MBA courses
  • ACCT 501 Accounting Fundamentals*
  • ECON 501 Economics Fundamentals*
  • FINC 501 Finance Fundamentals*
  • STAT 501 Statistics Fundamentals*
  • STAT 510 Applied Statistics
  • GRBU 503 Applied Managerial Decision Tools
  • MGMT 513 Managing People
  • ACCT 515 Accounting for Decision Makers
  • ECON 520 Managerial Economics
  • ISYS 515 Managing Information
  • SCMG 527 Supply Chain/Operations Management
  • FINC 530 Financial Management
  • BLAW 529 Business Legal Environment
  • MGMT 523 Applied Business Ethics
  • MKTG 535 Marketing Management
  • MGMT 531 Strategic Sust. Theories and Models
  • MGMT 533 Global Business
  • MGMT 545 Executive Insights
  • MGMT 540 Strategy and Implementation
  • MGMT 548 Capstone Project

*These courses may be waived based on previous coursework.

To Apply

Though the College of Liberal Arts does not require you to submit GMAT or GRE scores, it is a requirement for acceptance into the School of Business (unless waived by the department due to prior work experience or other graduate/terminal degree).