College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Chris Hendricks
Professor of History
Hawes Hall 106B
Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership
Armstrong State University’s Master’s Degree in Professional Communication and Leadership is a community-driven program developed to prepare working professionals and mature college graduates for workplace communication, critical thinking and leadership. The Master’s degree program is a 30-credit hour program directed toward both traditional and non-traditional students who are either already in the work force or who are making the transition from an undergraduate degree to a professional setting.
At the core of the program are four courses that focus on writing and management: Professional Communication Strategies, Technical Editing, Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts, and Leadership in the Public Arena. From there, students choose six more specialized courses in information design, psychology, leadership, communication, and ethics. The curriculum is designed to sharpen verbal and written communication abilities in its students and to teach best practices for organizational leadership. The 30 credit hours in the program build upon Armstrong's 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication and Leadership.
The Master’s Degree in Professional Communication and Leadership is designed for
- Working professionals who need or desire more training in workplace communication and leadership
- Recent graduates who want to enhance their education by expanding their communication and leadership skills, while also obtaining specialized, practical skills.
- Many of the courses will be available in a blended or online format, making the program more accessible for traditional and non-traditional students alike
- The interdisciplinary nature is broad enough to apply to a variety of workplace settings, including the health care professions.
- The master’s degree can be completed in two years or less, utilizing both traditional and flex-term class schedules.
Graduates go on to find careers in communication and leadership positions in a variety of work place settings including management, human resources, nonprofit organizations, marketing, public relations, publication design, health care administration, and recruitment. Many of our students are already in the workforce and seek the degree to gain a promotion. Some go on to earn doctorate degrees in specialized fields such as law and education.
Because the Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership program is interdisciplinary, our students have the opportunity to take courses with professors across campus, enriching their capabilities for creative problem solving and critical thinking. In addition, students will study practical subject matter in a concentrated discipline of their choice. All students in the program will have opportunities to apply their knowledge and extend their professional experience through off-campus internships and guided projects.
Course of Study
Students will complete four core courses and six electives for a total of 30 hours. Electives include courses in writing for the nonprofit sector, health communication, digital media management, information design, conflict resolution, professional and applied ethics, and leadership and group dynamics, among others.