As business is reshaped by new technologies and by social and economic change, and as the United States becomes more visibly a culture of many cultures, the challenges and opportunities for communication specialists increase. The Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication program is designed with these challenges and opportunities in mind, and may appeal to students interested in such areas as diversity in the workplace, international training and development, communication education, and consulting. The Organizational and Multicultural program also provides a solid foundation for Ph.D. work in communication and related disciplines.
The Organizational and Multicultural Communication program offers two tracks: Organizational Communication and Multicultural Communication. The two tracks share some common coursework, however, each track also has its own distinct focus. Along with their chosen track, students can also earn a concentration in Training and Development.
Track and Concentration Options
Organizational Communication Track
The Organizational Communication track focuses on communication challenges specific to business and organizational settings. It helps students to understand and manage the broad communication processes within organizations while enabling them to develop their individual skills as communicators. This track will be of interest to professionals in corporate and nonprofit settings, particularly those who manage employees or have responsibilities for personnel issues.
Multicultural Communication Track
The Multicultural Communication track focuses on the dynamics of communication across cultures. It explores not only what happens when people of two different cultures meet, but also what happens when people from a variety of cultures and ethnicities come together in one organization, community or country. This track will be of particular interest to those who work with international and multiethnic corporations and to public service personnel serving individuals from a variety of backgrounds and cultural traditions.
Training and Development Concentration
The Training and Development concentration provides students with a foundation in adult learning theory as well as theories of organizational change. Students learn how to conduct organizational communication assessments and design interventions to facilitate organizational problem-solving. Furthermore, students are taught how to design and implement training activities in organizational contexts. The concentration also provides opportunities for students to explore organizational diversity conceptually and as an ongoing influence on organizational communication processes.
Flexibility and Convenience
DePaul’s quarter system lets you work at your own pace; by taking two classes per quarter, you’ll earn an M.A. in two years. If your schedule allows you to take more than two classes per quarter, you can finish even faster.