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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication offers two separate tracks, Organizational Communication and Multicultural ​Communication, as well as the option for a dual concentration in both.  The Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication also offers the option for a specialized concentration in Training and Development.

The M.A. in Organizational and Multicultural Communication requires 12 courses (48-credit hours) — three core courses, one methods course and eight Organizational/Multicultural Communication electives that include the option to earn a concentration in Training in Development. If preferred, two of the electives can be taken outside of the program with the permission of the graduate program director.

Core Courses

Students are required to take all of the following:​

Methods Requirement

Students choose one of the following:

Elective Courses

Eight elective courses are taken from a selected track; students electing the dual track take 3-4 courses in each track*

Organizational Track

Multicultural Track

Concentration in Training and Development

Completion of all three classes required to earn concentration:

* With approval of the graduate program director, students can take up to two relevant elective courses from other College of Communication graduate programs or relevant elective courses from other graduate departments/programs outside of the College of Communication.

Comprehensive Final Examination or Thesis

Students in the Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication complete their degree requirements by passing a comprehensive final examination. Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher and obtain prior approval from the graduate program director have the option to complete a thesis. Students completing a thesis will enroll in CMNS 599 as their 12th and final course in the quarter they defend their thesis.

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their graduate courses to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not meet this minimum cumulative requirement will be placed on academic probation and will be expected to attain the minimum cumulative requirement within two quarters. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

CMNS 555


The relationship between effective communication in training contexts and principles of adult learning is explored. The adult learner wishes to function in an autonomous and self directed environment, and brings a foundation of life experience and professional knowledge to the classroom. Communication trainers must provide goal oriented instruction that is both relevant and practical to those with intellectual and professional resources from which to draw. Adaptation and adjustment on the part of the instructor to the adult audience necessitates familiarity with both appropriate instructional strategies and applications.
Status as a Graduate Communication student is a prerequisite for this class.

CMNS 554


This course explores how communication processes in training contexts may be improved via the effective use of technology. Because employees have limited time to participate in onsite training activities, online strategies for the presentation of information, relevant application, peer review of objective mastery as well as employee discussion and feedback will be explored. Special communication strategies are needed to animate employee interest in online education as well.
Status as a Graduate Communication student is a prerequisite for this class.

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