MBA/MA in Communication 

A combined 72 credits for these two degrees (30 credits for the MA in Communication and 42 credits* for the MBA) is reduced to 66 credits through credit-sharing. Required electives in the MA in Communication program will be fulfilled by MBA courses (6 credits total).

Students must apply and be accepted to both programs of study. Students may begin their study in either the School of Business or in the Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Students who successfully complete all requirements will receive two degrees and two diplomas. The degrees must be conferred simultaneously.

* Up to 6 credits may be waived based on previous coursework in accounting, economics, finance and statistics. To be eligible for a course waiver, a grade of ‘B-‘ or better is required in an approved course taken within the past 5 years.

Learning Goals and Methods in the Professional MBA Program

(note: refer to the Graduate School of Liberal Arts Graduate Catalog for specifics on the MA in Communication program)

Knowledge Area Related Learning Goal
Ethical Competency Students will be able to recognize ethical dilemmas in an organizational context and apply ethical decision-making frameworks to business decisions.
Sustainability Perspective Students will recognize and apply sustainability principles to strategic decisions as a means for competitive differentiation.
Problem Solving Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze complex situations, analyze information and evaluate alternatives from different perspectives to develop solutions for business problems and to seize innovative opportunities.
Management and Leadership Skills Students will gain innovative managerial and leadership skills for motivating people and creating positive organizational change.
Cultural Intelligence Students will possess the skills to manage effectively in a global business environment.

Graduation Requirements for the MBA/MA in Communication

MA in Communication Coursework

COMM 500: Professional Communication 3 credits
COMM 501: Persuasion in the Marketplace 3 credits

COMM 522: Communication Research Methods


COMM 588: Corporate and IMC Research Methods

3 credits
COMM 523: Communication Ethics and Professional Civility 3 credits
COMM 556: Organizational and Leadership Communication 3 credits
Required Electives (15 credits; 6 credits fulfilled through MBA courses) 15 credits
Total credits 30 credits

MBA Coursework 

ACCT 501: Accounting Fundamentals* 1.5 credits
STAT 501: Statistics Fundamentals* 1.5 credits
ECON 501: Economics Fundamentals* 1.5 credits
FINC 501: Finance Fundamentals* 1.5 credits
GRBU 503: Managerial Decision Tools 1.5 credits
STAT 510: Applied Statistics 3 credits
MGMT 513: Managing People for Sustained Competitive Advantage 1.5 credits
ACCT 515: Accounting for Decision Makers 3 credits
ECON 520: Managerial Economics 3 credits
MGMT 523: Applied Business Ethics 1.5 credits
ISYS 525: Managing Information 1.5 credits
SCMG 527: Supply Chain/Operations Management 1.5 credits
BLAW 529: Business Legal Environment 1.5 credits
FINC 530: Financial Management 3 credits
MGMT 531: Strategic Sustainability and Models 1.5 credits
MGMT 533: Global Business 1.5 credits
MKTG 535: Marketing Management 3 credits
MGMT 540: Strategy and Implementation 3 credits
MGMT 545: Executive Insights 3 credits
MGMT 548: Capstone Project 3 credits
Total credits 42 credits

* These courses may be waived based on previous coursework.