MA in Communication

The Master’s in Communication has been designed for students who are interested either in pursuing their academic studies in the field of communication or gaining practical training aimed at increasing their professional options.  Students in the Master’s program can specialize either in Public Relations/Corporate Communication or Health/Development Communication.  The program offers a rigorous curriculum that provides a thorough grounding in communication studies while allowing students to focus their studies in their area of interest.  Internship and research opportunities are also an integral part of the program.

The ability to communicate in an effective and ethical manner is vital to productive human relationships and to developing solutions to problems that confront people in business, government, schools, families, and their social relationships.  The Master of Arts in Communication is designed to integrate study, reflection, and action in accordance with the Barry University mission and the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Oriented by these values, the Master of Arts in Communication equips students to understand the complex nature of communication problems and to design and execute strategies to address such problems in real-world settings.

By means of an integrated grounding in communication theory and its application to topics such as workplaces, the dynamics of intercultural contact, and sites of social and interpersonal conflict, students develop their ability to engage in critical analyses of communication processes that characterize today’s diverse and interdependent global society.  Students are also trained in the practices of scholarly inquiry and research methods, and complete an extended capstone project or thesis to help them become communication practitioners capable of designing solutions that are informed by the core values of inclusive community and social justice. This combination of theory and practice readies students for numerous professional career paths, as well as future academic pursuits.

Program Goals

The Master of Arts in Communication is designed to develop students’ communication competence to:

  1. Locate, analyze, and critique academic research in communication and related fields.
  2. Design research using appropriate methodological skills that meet disciplinary, scholarly, and ethical criteria.
  3. Develop an integrated perspective on the role communication plays in constituting social settings and shaping social interaction.
  4. Apply discipline-specific knowledge in the design of sustainable communication-based solutions that address social issues and problems.
  5. Cultivate attitudes and skills that empower students by sustaining life-long, self-directed learning.

The Master of Arts in Communication curriculum is organized around a set of core courses that focus on basic areas of communication research and practice.  This core is complemented by a set of specialized classes that allow students to pursue more focused studies in their chosen area of specialization.  The areas of specialization currently offered in the Master of Arts program are Public Relations and Corporate Communication and Health and Development Communication.