The Master of Arts in Professional Communication prepares students to work in communication intensive jobs, including professional speaking, social media management, user experience, advertising, public relations, writing and editing, human resources, fundraising, event management, training, and organizational consulting, among other things. We accept students with a variety of undergraduate degrees and experience. 

Students in the MA in Professional Communication must complete 33 total hours, including the core requirements and either Plan I (non-thesis) or Plan II (thesis). They may select electives freely or follow one of the suggested emphases below. All students must complete 33 hours, including 12 hours of 600-level coursework (excluding CM 699).  No more than 12 hours of the 33 hours may be taken in a discipline other than CM.

Core (required of all students)
CM 631ADVANCED COMMUNICATION THEORY3
CM 633INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3
CM 655COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE3
CM 670ADVANCED COMMUNICATION METHODS3
CM 675RHETORICAL CRITICISM3

Plan I: MA without Thesis

  • Choose 18 hours of electives from the list below, which may be freely chosen or may follow one of the suggested emphases identified below.

Plan II: MA with Thesis

  • Choose 12 hours of electives from the list below, which may follow one of the suggested emphases identified below
  • Six (6) hours of CM 699 Master’s Thesis
Suggested Emphases for Electives
Social Media
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING
SOCIAL MEDIA
PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
User Experience
USER-CENTERED DESIGN
USABILITY STUDIES
INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE
Advertising/Public Relations
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS
ADVERTISING
Professional Writing
ACTION RESCH WRITING STUDIES
EDITING FOR PUBLICATION
Six hours selected from one of the following areas:
Technical Writing
THRY & PRACTICE TECHNICAL COMM
SPECIAL TOPICS
Media Writing
ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING
NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC
Communication Studies
CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY
COMMUNICATION PEDAGOGY
Human Resources Management
ORGAN THRY, BEHAV & ENVIRONMEN
EMPLOYEE STAFFING & DEVELOP
EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR MANAGERS
STRATEGIC COMPENSATION MGMT
HRM & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Teaching English as a Second Language*
SURVEY OF GENERAL LINGUISTICS
ADV ENGLISH GRAMMAR STUDIES
DIFD STRGTY RES & TEACH ELL
AP EH LI VI:PRACTICUM TESOL

*To earn your TESOL certificate, contact the TESOL advisor, Dr. Andrea Word-Allbritton (andrea.word@uah.edu) 

Other Areas of Emphasis

Students in the MA in Professional Communication program may request to take up to four courses from other graduate programs that cover areas not included here, but no more than 12 hours of the 33 hours may be taken in a discipline other than CM..

Electives
CM 505ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING3
CM 508CLASSICAL RHETORICAL THEORY3
CM 509CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY3
CM 518LEGAL ARGUMENT3
CM 520PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING3
CM 530MASS MEDIA IN AMERICA3
CM 533DARK SIDE INTERPERSONAL COMM3
CM 540PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS3
CM 544ADVERTISING3
CM 551ORGANIZATIONAL TRAIN & DEVELOP3
CM 610COMMUNICATION PEDAGOGY3
CM 640SPECIAL TOPICS3
EH 500COMPOSITION STUDIES TCHRS3
EH 501THRY & PRACTICE TECHNICAL COMM3
EH 502PROBS TECHNICAL EDITING3
EH 512SP TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING3
EH 554NEW MEDIA WRITING & RHETORIC3
EH 601ACTION RESCH WRITING STUDIES3
EH 602PRACTICUM/TECHNICAL COMM3
EH 603EDITING FOR PUBLICATION3
MGT 560EMPLOYEE STAFFING & DEVELOP3
MGT 561STRATEGIC COMPENSATION MGMT3
MGT 562EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR MANAGERS3
MGT 600ORGAN THRY, BEHAV & ENVIRONMEN3
MGT 631HRM & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR3