Corporate Communication, MA

Program Directors: Dr. Sumana Chattopadhay, Ph.D. and Karen Rinehart, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
MA in Corporate Communication website

Degree Offered

Master of Arts, Plan B Non-Thesis option only.

Program Description

This interdisciplinary master of arts in Corporate Communication degree is offered jointly by the Graduate School of Management and the Diederich College of Communication. Students may complete the program 100% online or with a combination of face-to-face and online course formats. The program combines public relations fundamentals and communication theory with an advanced business education to prepare students for an increasingly complex communication landscape. The program focuses on communication as an executive level function and course work includes topics such as: organizational communication, accounting and finance, international business and communication, corporate advocacy, and organizational leadership. The program reflects Marquette’s commitment to developing students’ abilities as ethical leaders with an understanding of corporate social responsibility in a global environment. As such, the degree prepares graduates to be ethical and informed communication leaders.

At the completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Establish the business case for communication functions within the corporation and lead and coordinate the comprehensive communication functions of a corporation.
  • Articulate the importance of having a clear corporate vision, mission and identity of a corporation and develop and execute plans for communicating these both internally and externally.
  • Assess internal and external corporate communication needs and develop strategic communication plans.
  • Articulate the roles corporations play within the larger social, cultural, political and economic context of our contemporary global society.


Application Requirements

Application requirements and the online application link are available through the GSM website.

Note: Students may apply for regular degree, non-degree or temporary non-degree status. Non-degree applicants and temporary non-degree applicants must submit all required application materials. Non-degree and temporary non-degree status are not available to international students. International applicants must apply for regular degree admission status.

Students are encouraged to complete all application materials and apply for degree status. Non-degree status and temporary non-degree status are valid for a limited number of term(s) as approved by the program director. Students with non-degree or temporary non-degree status are not eligible to continue taking GSM classes beyond the time frame of the approved term(s) without degree admission. Typically, non-degree admission is not recommended in the C.C.O.M. program.