Communication Studies

Degree Offered 

M.A. in Communication Studies

Campus Option

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

Application Deadline:

Fall:       June 1
Spring:  December 1

Program Description 

Master of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Organizational Communication prepares students to focus on a wide variety of paradigms that link the process of human communication with organizational behavior, interpersonal relationships, leadership, culture, and management practices within a diverse and changing society. Students are provided the opportunity to engage in a multifaceted course of study that is grounded in a strong theoretical base, with an emphasis on communication and culture framed within the study of organizations. Within the program, students can focus their studies toward the more traditional approach to Organizational Communication or they can take an applied approach in choosing their coursework. At the end of their studies, students are provided the option of either writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive examination.


In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPAs will be considered based on strength of overall application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test scores
    • GRE requirement waived if any of the following conditions are met:
      • The applicant’s cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.7 or better or
      • The applicant has more than 7 years full-time professional experience or
      • The applicant has received a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Departmental interview may be required
  • TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)


  • Plan A- Thesis option - 33 Credits
    • 9 credits required courses
    • 18 credits elective courses
    • 6 credit thesis
  • Plan B- Non-thesis option
    • 9 credits required courses
    • 24 credits elective courses
    • Comprehensive Examination


COMM 5004

Organizational Communication Theory

3 credits

COMM 5006

Organizational Culture

3 credits

COMM 5002
COMM 5005

Quantitative Research Methods
Interpretive Research Methods

3 credits



18-24 Credits

COMM 5001

Advanced Theories in Interpersonal Communication

3 credits

COMM 5003

Strategic Communication Consulting

3 credits

COMM 5007

Current Issues in Organizational Communication

3 credits

COMM 5009

Public Relations Theory, Strategy, and Management

3 credits

COMM 5010

Current Issues in Communication and Culture

3 credits

COMM 5011

Corporate Communication Management

3 credits

COMM 5012

Small Group Decision Making and Leadership

3 credits

COMM 5013

Motivational Speaking Practices

3 credits

COMM 5014

Speech Writing and Presentation Coaching

3 credits

COMM 5016

Current Issues in Applied Communication

3 credits

COMM 5020

Communication & Leadership

3 credits

COMM 5021

Communication Training and Development

3 credits

COMM 5216

International Business Communication

3 credits

COMM 5225

Corporate Advertising Principles

3 credits

COMM 5425

Nonverbal Communication

3 credits

COMM 5510

Communication and Popular Culture

3 credits

COMM 5525

Communication and Technology

3 credits

COMM 5535

Crisis Communication in Organization

3 credits

COMM 5540

Communication and Conflict Resolution

3 credits

COMM 5550 Media Management 3 credits

COMM 5590

Business and Technical Presentations

3 credits

COMM 5610

Communication and Law

3 credits

COMM 5615

Communication & Mediation

3 credits

COMM 5620

Convergent Journalism

3 credits

COMM 5625

Communication & Negotiation

3 credits

COMM 5626

Multicultural Communication in International Conflict Resolution

3 credits

COMM 5630

Gender, Language and Communication

3 credits

COMM 5635


3 credits

COMM 5640

Public Relations Cases

3 credits

COMM 5660

Public Relations

3 credits

COMM 5665

Public Relations Writing

3 credits

COMM 5675

Corporate Advertising

3 credits

COMM 5900 Digital Communication 3 credits

ID 5800

Thesis (required for Plan A)

6 credits




Please contact one of our
Graduate Admissions Counselors

Program coordinator

CAS 426
T. 908.737.0471


Additional Links

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Conflict and Communications
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership and Communications
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Speaking and Presentation Training
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Relations and Journalism


Updated 7/2/12