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Health Communication (MA/MBA in Management)
Health Communication (MA/MBA in Management)
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Be a health care communication visionary

If you’re a communication professional seeking a management role in health care, the master’s in Health Communication/MBA in Management (MBA/MA) joint-degree program will provide you with the leadership and communication skills necessary to succeed in the health care industry, including

  • advertising
  • public relations
  • crisis communication
  • quality & patient safety
  • strategic planning
  • marketing
  • corporate communication

You’ll earn advanced degrees in two highly complementary fields—health communication and business—from our College of Communication and our internationally renowned Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in as little as three years of full-time coursework. Classes are offered during the evenings on the Loop Campus.

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Study in a hub of the health care industry

DePaul’s deep ties to Chicago’s business and health care communities allow you to network with leaders at some of the world’s largest hospitals, medical centers and health care organizations. Our location in the heart of the city puts you in proximity to employers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Chicago Department of Public Health and Abbott Laboratories.

Application Deadlines

Applicants must apply and be admitted through both the College of Communication and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

For the College of Communication:

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 2
  • Spring quarter: February 15

For the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business:

  • Fall quarter: August 1
  • Winter quarter: November 1
  • Spring quarter: March 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, letters of recommendation, résumé or curriculum vitae, and a writing sample.

Admission Requirements

Required Courses

You’ll take 15 courses for the MBA and nine for the MA, including the completion of an exit project.

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of College of Communication master’s degree recipients were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Real-world perspectives from active faculty

In this joint degree program, you’ll take classes with health communication leaders and business experts. Through participation between Health Communication and Management graduate student groups, you’ll build connections and collaborate with students from different career perspectives, all with a common goal: improving health care delivery.

Alumni Network

You’ll be connected to both DePaul business alumni and College of Communication master’s-level graduates who have leadership roles at organizations like Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Advocate Health Care, Medline Industries and the American Medical Association. In addition, you'll have opportunities to network with 116,000 fellow DePaul University alumni who are currently living and working in the Chicago area.


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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