Department of Communication Studies

Graduate Program

Outstanding Master’s Degree Program Award, "TOP MA Program"

-National Communication Association, Master’s Education Section, October 2012-

School of Liberal Arts News Release HERE

Welcome to the Applied Communication Graduate program in the Department of Communication Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis!

We believe you will find the program academically challenging, intellectually stimulating, and extremely pertinent to your career goals. This is a program designed to prepare you for stellar professional performance and for the rigors of further advanced level study. We welcome you to the community, the university, and the department. 

Jen Bute, Graduate Program Director

Description of the MA in Applied Communication Program

The Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI offers an M.A. in Applied Communication with optional concentrations in corporate communication, health communication, and media. This unique applied program provides students with theoretical understanding of communication processes as well as competencies and skills necessary to address specific communication issues and problems by applying discipline-specific knowledge. The program readies the advanced student for professional career paths and future academic pursuits.

Classes are generally small and interactive with an emphasis on application of theory. Opportunities for multidisciplinary and independent study are also available. The graduate faculty possesses academic expertise and applied experiences from regional and national institutions and organizations.

The goal of this unique applied program is to provide students with the competencies and skills necessary to address specific communication issues and problems in the workplace and in the community. The primary intellectual goal of the program is to increase understanding of the theoretical implications of discipline-specific knowledge, and to enhance understanding and predict human interaction relative to realistic, applied outcomes in contemporary situations. A practical goal of the program is to educate professionals who grasp the complexities of communication problems and who are able to develop and execute strategies and create programs to address such issues.

In accomplishing these goals, the program will provide advanced study of communication principles applicable to personal and organizational settings. The program will offer residents of Indiana, surrounding states, and national and international students the opportunity to pursue graduate work in applied communication. The program provides an excellent foundation for doctoral studies. It is also well suited for students wishing to pursue combined advanced degree programs in such areas as medicine, medical humanities, business, law, and philanthropy.

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