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The MA in Professional Communication is an accelerated, one-year online master’s degree with curriculum formed around the latest industry developments and trends in external and internal communications. The program is designed for busy working professionals whose aim is to assume communication manager, director level and associated leadership positions in communication departments and teams in a range of workplaces, including companies and startups, agencies or consultancies, and non-profit organizations.

Students in this program progress through the innovative online curriculum together as a cohort, taking courses in a pre-set sequence that takes full advantage of the DePaul academic calendar. Taught by award-winning faculty with industry connections and a commitment to student success, the professional communication program begins and ends with weekend virtual or in-person residencies in Chicago, which allow students to further connect with fellow classmates, professors, college alumni and industry professionals.

For the final project in the program, students work on a real-world workplace communication challenge that benefits an organization and its stakeholders. This project also gives the student an opportunity to build their portfolio and further network within the profession. Approved project partners include world-class organizations.

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Degree Requirements 46
Total hours required 46

Students will be able to:

  • Enhance the effectiveness of internal and external professional communication.
  • Facilitate collaboration and decision-making among organizational stakeholders.
  • Apply ethical and legal principles to professional communication problems and challenges (e.g., diversity, equity, inclusivity, privacy, etc.).
  • Generate relevant questions and pursue evidence-based solutions to improve professional communication practices.
  • ​Design and adapt effective messages in face-to-face, digital and hybrid contexts.  

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication (PROCMN) requires 12 courses (46 credit hours). 

Course Title Quarter Hours
Autumn Quarter
PROCMN 500PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION ORIENTATION AND RESIDENCY I 12
PROCMN 501THE FUTURE OF PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION4
PROCMN 510DIGITAL MEDIA SKILLS FOR PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION4
December Session
PROCMN 520WRITING FOR PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION CAREERS4
PROCMN 530PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION LAW, POLICY AND ETHICS2
Winter Quarter
PROCMN 540RESEARCH METHODS AND INSIGHTS FOR PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION4
PROCMN 550EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN TEAMS4
Spring Quarter
PROCMN 560TOPICS IN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION4
PROCMN 570EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES4
Summer Quarter
PROCMN 580DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION4
PROCMN 590CHIF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: ADVISING AND COUNSELING LEADERSHIP4
PROCMN 599PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION FINAL PROJECT AND RESIDENCY II6
Total Hours46

Residencies

Students in the PROCMN program will participate in virtual or in-person weekend residencies at the beginning and end of the program. These residencies allow students to further connect with fellow classmates, professors, college alumni and industry professionals. 

Grade Requirements

All students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 in their coursework. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.000, the student will be allowed to complete an additional 16 credits or 3 quarters (whichever comes first) to attain the 3.000 minimum GPA. If the cumulative GPA remains below a 3.000 at the conclusion of this time period, the student may be dismissed from the program. The student's cumulative and term GPAs along with overall academic performance will be factored into the dismissal decision.