Corporate & Organizational Communication

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  • Master's
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Why Corporate & Organizational Communication?

The Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experiential learning opportunities required to succeed in a dynamic field.

Incorporating the case method, research into the latest communication trends, interactive learning formats, and experiential learning opportunities, this program addresses complex communication challenges—providing students with a distinct advantage in today’s competitive marketplace. The curriculum also reflects the transformational impact of social technologies on the communication patterns of employees, customers, investors, and other audiences. Your instructors have real-world communication experience in the private and nonprofit sectors—they have practiced what they teach.

Unique Features

  • Six concentrations that align with in-demand skills needed in this profession
  • A variety of experiential learning opportunities, from co-ops to consulting projects, and a capstone project for professionals
  • Transfer credit is offered for up to 20% of total tuition if you have an APR, CMP, SCMP, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, or HubSpot Academy certification
  • Design an ePortfolio to create a personal and professional brand and synthesize learning across the curriculum
  • Faculty bring real-world experience to the in-person and online classroom

 

Featured Concentrations

Public and Media Relations

The PR concentration features a virtual public relations firm enabling you to work on assignments for a real-world client using the HubSpot marketing platform—coming Fall 2019.

Cross-Cultural Communication

The cross-cultural communication concentration offers practical tools to successfully navigate cultural fields of interest, and gain skills to develop a cultural audit.

Social Media

Select from courses in interactive marketing, digital branding, SEO, online customer behavior, digital marketing analytics, and social media strategy. Offered both online and on-location.

 

 

 


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Transfer Credit Opportunities

About the APR Opportunity:

Why consider a Northeastern master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication? Because we recognize the knowledge and competencies you have demonstrated by earning the APR. As a result, APR holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication program by applying this credential in exchange for transfer credit.

Successful applicants with the APR:

  • Will receive 9 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 20% saving in tuition
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 12 courses, rather than 15
  • Will enjoy the convenience of a totally online, interactive curriculum

About the SHRM and HRCI Certification Transfer Credit Opportunities:

Why consider a graduate degree from Northeastern University? We recognize the knowledge and HR competencies demonstrated by those who have earned their SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, or SPHR certifications. As a result, credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through a Northeastern University degree.
 
Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-CP or PHR:

  • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 6% savings in tuition.
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management.

Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-SCP or SPHR:

  • Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 13% savings in tuition.
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management and HRM 6005 Creating a High-Performance Organization.

Program Objectives

  • Design a strategic approach to a wide range of communication challenges based on stakeholder analysis and a systematic planning methodology.
  • Craft and deliver messages—with a heavy emphasis on digital media—that can influence the attitudes and behaviors of internal and external audiences in a wide range of organizational scenarios.
  • Measure and assess the impact of communication methods and channels to help achieve organizational performance objectives.
  • Apply key course concepts and communication skills gained through the curriculum to real-world projects.

Career Outlook

According to the Burning Glass Labor Insight database, the value of a graduate degree in organizational communication is very clear: 37% of hiring employers prefer or require candidates for many communication roles to have a graduate degree. Additionally, there are over 345,000 open job listings related to corporate and organizational communications.

Student Portfolios

Curious to see the work of MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication students? Click below to view two recent student portfolios that include their learning journey and how the program impacted their professional growth:

 


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication General Requirements

Note: Introduction to Organizational Communication (CMN 6000) is required for students who do not have any professional experience in communication. Students with professional communication experience should begin the program with Strategic Communication Management (CMN 6010): 

CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
3.00 - 3.00
INT 6000 - Writing Lab
1.00
CMN 6010 - Strategic Communication Management
3.00
CMN 6020 - Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
3.00
CMN 6910 - Organizational Communication Assessment
3.00
 

Complete two of the following:

CMN 6100 - Communication Networks and Managing Information
3.00
CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
3.00
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
3.00

Capstone

CMN 6940 - Projects for Professionals
4.00

Elective Courses

Note: Students who take Introduction to Organizational Communication (CMN 6000) are only required to take two courses in this section. 

Complete three of the following:

ALY 6010 - Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics
3.00
ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
3.00
CMN 6005 - Foundations of Professional Communication
4.00
CMN 6025 - Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
3.00
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
3.00
CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
3.00
CMN 6095 - Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
3.00
CMN 6085 - Strategies for Cross-Cultural Facilitation and Negotiation
3.00
COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
3.00 - 4.00
DGM 6501 - Web Creation Boot Camp
2.00
DGM 6521 - Web Creation for Content Management Systems
2.00
INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience
3.00 - 4.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00

 

Concentrations

Human Resources Management

Required Courses

HRM 6015 - Introduction to Human Resources Management
3.00
HRM 6025 - Workforce Analytics
3.00
 

HRM Concentration Electives

Note: Students who take HRM 6015 select three elective courses; students waived from HRM 6015 select four elective courses: 

HRM 6005 - Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices
3.00
HRM 6010 - Compensation and Benefits
3.00
HRM 6020 - Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
3.00
HRM 6030 - The Employment Contract
3.00
HRM 6042 - Strategic Workforce Planning
3.00
HRM 6047 - Managing the Employee Life Cycle
3.00
HRM 6050 - Employee Engagement
3.00
HRM 6060 - Organizational Design
3.00
HRM 6070 - Global Human Resources Management
3.00
 
Public and Media Relations

Required Courses

PBR 6100 - Introduction to Public Relations
3.00
PBR 6135 - Public Relations Strategy and Planning
3.00
PBR 6710 - Public Relations Research: Understanding External Audiences
3.00

Public and Media Relations Electives

Complete two of the following:

CMN 6025 - Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
3.00
CMN 6035 - Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
3.00
CMN 6045 - Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
3.00
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
PBR 6125 - Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility
3.00
PBR 6130 - Public Relations Content Development
3.00
PBR 6140 - Advanced Public Relations Content Development
3.00
Leadership

Required Courses 

CMN 6200 - Strategic Communications Advisor: Roles and Responsibilities
3.00
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
3.00

Leadership Electives

Complete three of the following:

CMN 6201 - Managing Communication Resources
3.00
CMN 6202 - Management Symposium
3.00
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
3.00
LDR 6145 - Global Leadership
3.00
LDR 6150 - Innovation and Organizational Transformation
3.00
Project Management

Required Courses

Note: Students with project management experience are not required to take PJM 5900:

PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
4.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6005 - Project Scope Management
3.00
PJM 6025 - Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
3.00
PJM 6015 - Project Risk Management
3.00

Project Management Elective

Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are not required to take a course in this section.

Complete one of the following: 

PJM 6125 - Project Evaluation and Assessment
3.00
PJM 6135 - Project Quality Management
3.00
PJM 6140 - Managing Troubled Projects
3.00
PJM 6210 - Communication Skills for Project Managers
3.00
PJM 6710 - Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
3.00
 
Social Media

Required Course

DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
4.00

Electives

Complete 12-16 quarter hours from the following:

CMN 6040 - Consumer Behaviors in the Online Environment
3.00
CMN 6045 - Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
3.00
CMN 6065 - Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
3.00
CMN 6075 - Digital Marketing Analytics
3.00
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
DGM 6525 - Research Methods for Global User Experiences
4.00
DGM 6550 - Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation
4.00
Cross-Cultural Communication

Required Courses

CMN 6085 - Strategies for Cross-Cultural Facilitation and Negotiation
3.00
CMN 6095 - Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
3.00
 

Complete 9 quarter hours from one of the following: 

Social Justice Track 

PBR 6100 - Introduction to Public Relations
3.00
HSV 6120 - Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
3.00
ITC 6045 - Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
3.00
HRM 6070 - Global Human Resources Management
3.00
 

International Track

GST 6100 - Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
4.00
GST 6101 - Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
4.00
LDR 6145 - Global Leadership
3.00
INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience
3.00 - 4.00
 
 
 

Tuition and Aid

Total tuition - $32,670, based on number of credit hours.

Visit the Student Financial Services website for more information on financial aid.

Did You Know?

Communications and digital media jobs are expected to grow by more than 83K by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Average Time to Completion

1-2 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No