Duquesne University’s M.A. in communication is a flexible program that draws from
the richness of the communication field to allow you to pursue a number of interests
and professional goals.
Working closely with the M.A. program directors, you will choose courses housed in
any of the emphasis areas to develop a unique program of study designed to build particular
skill sets and capabilities necessary for an ever-changing marketplace.
As you develop competencies in a number of diverse areas—including intercultural and
interpersonal communication, organizational communication, argumentation, persuasion,
event planning—you will be prepared for careers in both the for-profit and not-for-profit
industries, law, public policy or business.
All coursework is delivered in traditional, hybrid and distance-learning formats.
You must take the following core courses and then choose a concentration area for
the remaining requirements.
COMM 500 Professional Communication
COMM 501 Persuasion in the Marketplace
COMM 515 Organizational Communication
COMM 522 Communication Research Methods
COMM 523 Communication Ethics & Professional Civility
Students select five (5) electives in consultation with advisors.
Rhetoric of Philosophy & Technology
COMM 559 Philosophy of Communication
COMM 561 Rhetorical Theory
COMM 511 Rhetoric of Digital Communication
COMM 610 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Cyberspace/
COMM 628 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Technology
One (1) elective in consultation with advisors.
Graduate Practicum Program
Our internship office walks a humanities education into the marketplace.
We are dedicated to providing you with high-quality internship opportunities to help
you make the transition from learning communication in the classroom to practicing
communication in the marketplace. The internship at the undergraduate level is mirrored
by the practicum at the M.A. level.
The internship office provides you with assistance with resume and interviewing skills
and offers a wide variety of communication practicum opportunities. Recent placements
have been in organizations such as the following:
Duquesne University Office of Alumni Relations
These experiences serve as true internship opportunities, requiring you to create
proposals, partake in mid-internship performance appraisals and track weekly time