Corporate & Organizational Communication

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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.

The Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication has three components: Core required courses, concentrations, and electives. Core required courses focus on foundational communication skills and knowledge, crafting impactful messages using a wide range of media, and a strategic perspective on the way communication supports organizational performance. There are six concentrations—Social Media, Public Relations, Human Resource Management, Usability/User Experience, Project Management, and Leadership—that align with skills in demand in the profession. Whether you are a full- or part-time student, on-campus or online, you will apply the knowledge and skills you gain in the program in an unparalleled variety of experiential learning opportunities—the hallmark of a Northeastern University educational experience.


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Unique Features

  • Multiple opportunities to apply learning in real-world situations
  • Courses taught by communication practitioners
  • Six concentrations with career-focused knowledge and skills
  • Capstone courses focused on integrative, applied learning

Unique 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-CP and SHRM-SCP 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 or SHRM-SCP certification through the Society of Human Resource Management. As a result, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through a Northeastern University Graduate Program by applying this credential in exchange for transfer credit.  

Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-CP: 

  • 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 courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management

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

  • 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

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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.


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): 

Note: CMN 6000 is a 12-week course and is a prerequisite for other CMN core and concentration courses. Students register for CMN 6000 and INT 6000 concurrently. 

CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
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 6080 - Intercultural Communication
3.00
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
3.00
CMN 6100 - Communication Networks and Managing Information
3.00
CMN 6910 - Organizational Communication Assessment
3.00
 

Capstone Course Options

Complete one of the following: 

CMN 6943  

CMN 6940 - Projects for Professionals
3.00
 

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:

CMN 6015 - Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
3.00
CMN 6025 - Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
3.00
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00
CMN 6061 - Personal Branding
3.00
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
3.00
CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
3.00
COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
4.00
INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience
4.00

Concentrations

Human Resource Management

Required Courses

HRM 6015 - Introduction to Human Resources Management
0.00
HRM 6025 - Workforce Analytics
0.00
 

Elective Courses

Students who take HRM 6015 select four elective courses; students waived out of HRM 6015 select five 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
0.00
HRM 6047 - Managing the Employee Life Cycle
0.00
HRM 6050 - Employee Engagement
0.00
HRM 6060 - Organizational Design
0.00
HRM 6070 - Global Human Resources Management
0.00
 
Public and Media Relations

Required Courses

PBR 6100 - Introduction to Public Relations
3.00
PBR 6130 - Public Relations Writing Seminar 1
3.00
PBR 6140 - Public Relations Writing Seminar 2
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
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
PBR 6135 - Public Relations Strategy and Planning
3.00
PBR 6125 - Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility
3.00
Leadership

Required Courses 

LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
6.00
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
6.00
LDR 6120 - Organizational Leadership
6.00
LDR 6150 - Transforming Organizations
3.00

Leadership Elective

Complete one of the following:

LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
3.00
LDR 6140 - Strategic Leadership
6.00
Project Management

Required Courses

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

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

Project Management Electives

Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are required to take only one course in this section.

Complete two of the following:

PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
4.00
PJM 6125 - Project Evaluation and Assessment
3.00
PJM 6135 - Project Quality Management
3.00
PJM 6140 - Managing Troubled Projects
3.00
PJM 6710 - Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
3.00
 
Social Media and Online Communication

Complete five of the following (CMN 6025, 6045, and 6065 are required):

CMN 6015 - Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
3.00
CMN 6025 - Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
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

Note: Students may waiver CMN 6015 if they have social media experience. Please consult with your academic advisor.

Complete one (or two, if CMN 6015 has been waived) of the following: 

CMN 6035 - Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
3.00
DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
4.00
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
4.00
CMN 6040 - Consumer Behaviors in the Online Environment
3.00
 
Usability/ User Experience
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
4.00
TCC 6470 - Web Accessibility for Technical Communicators
4.00
TCC 6490 - Usability Testing for Technical Communicators
4.00
DGM 6268 - Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media
4.00
TCC 6610 - Prototyping
2.00
TCC 6620 - Collecting User Data
2.00
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 12 quarter hours from one of the following: 

Social Justice Track (suggested)

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 6040 - High-Performance Human Resources Systems and Development
3.00
 

International Track (suggested)

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
4.00
 
Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development

Required Courses 

CMN 6200 - Strategic Communications Advisor: Roles and Responsibilities
3.00
CMN 6201 - Managing Communication Resources
3.00
CMN 6202 - Management Symposium
3.00
 

Complete 9 quarter hours: 

HRM 6020 - Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
3.00
LDR 6120 - Organizational Leadership
6.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6215 - Leading Remote Project Teams
3.00
CMN 6045 - Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
3.00
 

Did You Know?

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

Options

The Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication offers 6 concentrations, allowing students to align their studies with their personal interests and career goals. 

Average Time to Completion

2-3 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter