Master of Arts in Communication

The Master of Arts in Communication (MAC) equips students with critical thinking and professional practice skills including social media strategies while challenging them to integrate biblical thought with contemporary communication theories and concepts. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Communication online degree program will exhibit creativity, confidence, and competence as they research, plan, and evaluate communication practices.

The demand for highly skilled, master's level communication practitioners, directors, and leaders who possess superb research and communication skills continues to grow. CBU/Online trains and educates professionals who wish to join or advance in this expanding field by providing them with an excellent learning experience that is innovative and interactive.

Program Highlights:

  • Accelerated - Finish your degree in as little as 12 months
  • Convenient - Classes are delivered in a hybrid or online format to accommodate working students
  • Flexible - Complete coursework around your schedule
  • Practical - Professional networking and communications event participation immerse students in the latest trends and developments within the field
  • Internship Opportunities - Internship and volunteer opportunities are available to provide professional networking opportunities.

Stand Out Among Competitors

The discipline of communication is not only necessary; it is foundational to today’s growing businesses, non-profits, and organizations. Communication practitioners who hold a master's degree are well-educated in social media and communication theories. They communicate with credibility, relevance, and impact and are standard bearers of ethical communications. They are champions of accuracy, truth, and integrity as they lead the field. A master's degree in communications allows individuals to have a competitive advantage and stand out in the marketplace by exhibiting skills that can only be learned through studying communications at the graduate level.

Patricia Hernandez, Ph.D., Program Lead
Patricia Hernandez, Ph.D., Program Director


 

A Valuable Degree in High Demand

The need for skillful communication in an increasingly competitive and global business environment has spurred the demand for professionals who hold an advanced degree in this field and possess specialized knowledge pertaining to communications. An increase in job growth is expected in this area due to the recent emergence of social media as many businesses and non-profits are expanding their use of these tools. The discipline of communication is not only necessary in today's growing organizations - it is foundational. Through CBU's Master of Arts in Communication graduate program, students can expect to immerse themselves in the growing field of communications with courses in social media, marketing and campaigns, and international communications. 

Network with other professionals, gain practical and applicable experience, and apply theoretical concepts to real world situations all while earning a communications degree online at California Baptist University.

Designed for Working Professionals

CBU's Master of Arts in Communication graduate degree program is uniquely designed for working professionals seeking to develop research, writing, and presentation skills as well as an advanced grasp of modern communication. CBU offers both online and hybrid courses, allowing students to complete coursework around their own schedule and to successfully balance family, a career, and education. An accelerated graduate degree in communications from CBU will increase opportunities for career advancement, improve professional competencies, and develop interdisciplinary skills.

Career Opportunities

Consistently, business leaders have identified that potential employees must have effective communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds.  A communication degree offers a wide variety of career opportunities in the areas of business management, public health communication, community relations, government, public affairs, international trade, conflict mediation, advertising and market research, foreign service, teaching, and law in addition to the following:

  • Special Events
  • Communications Planner
  • Buzz Producer
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • National Sales
  • Media Planner
  • Human Resources
  • Research
  • Online Marketing 
  • Communications Specialist
  • Executive Leadership
  • Media Relations

The CBU Experience

With small, interactive communication classes, MAC students receive individual attention from dedicated instructors while also learning from the diverse experiences and perspectives of fellow scholars. This intimate environment encourages students to develop interpersonal and team-building skills, while developing networks and supportive relationships. Emphasizing experiential learning through practical application of theory, MAC coursework incorporates hands-on assignments based on real-world scenarios.

Earning a graduate degree in communication online through CBU enables students to have a unique learning experience that goes beyond what most graduate communication programs offer. CBU is dedicated to providing individuals with an education that incorporates a faith based perspective and produces moral and ethical graduate students with integrity. A distance learning graduate degree in communication from CBU will equip students with not only the knowledge but also the values needed to be a well-respected and successful communications practitioner.

Take the Next Step

To learn more about the accelerated Master of Arts in Communication online  program and how to apply, please attend an upcoming Online & Professional Studies Information Session. If you’re ready to advance your knowledge, skills and career, start by applying online. We look forward to helping you reach your professional and personal goals.

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 2 recommendations - Recommendation Form
  • Current Resume
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:
    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University
    • Factors that will make applicant a good MAC candidate.

Minimum GPA of 2.75 for unconditional admission and a minimum of 2.5 GPA for conditional admission consideration.

How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 30 units to graduate
  • Per unit cost is $531
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Master of Arts in Communication

Master of Arts in Communication Major Program (30 units)

Prerequisites
No prerequisite courses; however, applicants should have one of the following: 1. A baccalaureate degree that demonstrates undergraduate preparation in common curriculum requirements including courses in journalism, communications, education, public administration, or public policy, and or significant work experience in a related field. OR 2. A baccalaureate degree in any discipline supplemented with work experience courses in public administration, organizational theory, or public policy. b. A baccalaureate degree in any discipline supplemented with a minimum of five years managerial experience in either the public or private sector.

Core Requirements (30 units)

Communication Theory and Application
Communication Research and Evaluation
Strategic Communication and Leadership
Media Effects on Communication Behavior
Rhetorical Criticism and Contemporary Culture
Risk Communication
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication in the Digital Age
Communication Ethics
Graduate Communication Project

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

CBU Online
© 2014 California Baptist University
Online and Professional Studies
10370 Hemet Street Suite 200
Riverside, California 92503
Toll-Free: 877.236.1617
Local: 951.343.3900
Fax: 951.358.1181
Navigating Away...
close

You are being redirected to the following page on the CALBAPTIST.EDU Web site:

The new page will open in a separate window/tab.

Continue    Stay at CBUONLINE.EDU