Communication


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    30
  • Cost Per Unit
    $580
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $17k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    12
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Arts in Communication



Overview

The online Master of Arts in Communication degree program (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. Network with other professionals, gain practical and applicable experience, and apply theoretical concepts to real world situations all while earning a communications degree online.

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.

Consistently, business leaders have identified that potential employees must have effective communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds.  An online master's degree in communication 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. An online 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.

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Arts in Communication degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively present information orally and in writing.
  2. Analyze cultural, social, global and political dimensions of communication.
  3. Research and evaluate various components of communication to understand communication phenomena and behaviors.
  4. Understand the historical and theoretical components of communication. 
  5. Analyze and synthesize legal, social, and ethical communication practices.
  6. Analyze industry standards of communication in mass media including media effects.
  7. Analyze, synthesize and evaluate rhetorical communication theories.
  8. Identify and analyze communications theories related to interpersonal communication.
  9. Understand, analyze and evaluate relationships among behavioral, cultural and environmental factors that influence human communication and interaction.
  10. Effectively integrate Biblical thought and Christian worldview perspective into communication research and to evaluate, analyze and synthesize communication phenomena and behavior.

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Course Requirements

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 Theory and Application

This course provides a survey of theoretical perspectives on communication including a broad history of milestones and current theoretical models. This course is designed to expose students to communication theory through readings, discussion, research, and writing. Students will learn how communication theories are developed, analyzed, evaluated and applied. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
COM505 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Romo, Sandra Jean
Fall 2018
COM505 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Communication Research and Evaluation

Communication Research and Evaluation

Students will learn research, design and strategy, including methods, experiments, content analysis, and focus groups. Students will also learn how to identify problems in research methods and evaluate current research about these problems. This course will provide students with basic tools to conduct their own research. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
COM510 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Tingle, Melissa Naomi
Spring 2018
COM510 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
COM510 BE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
COM510 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
COM510 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
COM510 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Strategic Communication and Leadership

Strategic Communication and Leadership

Students enrolled in this course will learn leadership theories as they relate to strategic communication. The course reviews methods and practices and provides a framework for evaluating communication research in strategic communication campaigns. Students will learn to use social media tools and techniques and leadership theories including team building, servant leadership and transformational leadership. Students will create communication plans for conflict resolution in businesses and non-profits. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
COM520 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Pearson, MaryAnn
Fall 2018
COM520 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Media Effects on Communication Behavior

Media Effects on Communication Behavior

This course will explore media?s social, political and cultural effects. Media including those who produce it have the power to influence society. Students will be able to critically approach media effects theory and understand how media influences people. This course will focus on the complex interrelationships between consumption of media content and the motives beliefs, feelings, and behaviors of people. Students will also critically analyze theories and apply them to current media coverage and think about the future of media effects. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
COM525 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Romo, Sandra Jean
Fall 2018
COM525 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Rhetorical Criticism and Contemporary Culture

Rhetorical Criticism and Contemporary Culture

Students will explore the purpose of rhetorical criticism including the various ways to practice rhetorical criticism as it applies to contemporary culture. Students will learn the role of the critical act in culture and society. Students will learn that rhetorical criticism is a method of inquiry and way in which we can view discourse. Students will learn various models used in rhetorical criticism, be familiar with seminal exemplars of criticism and develop their own skills as critics. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
COM530 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
COM530 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Risk Communication

Risk Communication

This course will provide an understanding of communication professional?s responsibilities regarding health and how they can create and implement communication plans related to either possible or actual hazards. Students will examine how risk and crisis communication research applies to the information learned. In addition the course will cover extensive health communication research, and the ethical role Christian communication specialist have in this age of instant, digital information. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
COM535 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
COM535 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Global and Intercultural Communication

Global and Intercultural Communication

This course will provide an understanding of the meaning and importance of intercultural communication as it applies to individuals, groups, organizations, and nations. Students examine the meaning of ?culture? and how ?culture? can affect personal, national, and international understanding and communication, beliefs, and behaviors. Students will investigate the various ways in which cultures differ and the necessity of understanding and respecting other cultures. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
COM550 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
COM550 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Communication in the Digital Age

Communication in the Digital Age

This course will examine the shift from print to digital media as an ever-evolving phenomenon. The impact of new communication technologies, changed political mobilization, and social networks. Students will gain an understanding of analyses applied to digital communication and apply methodologies to contemporary questions about media, technology, sociality, and society in a variety of settings. Students will establish both theoretical and experiential foundations for making personal decisions and judgments regarding the relationship between mediated communication and community including the Christian community. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
COM555 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
COM555 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Communication Ethics

Communication Ethics

This course is an extensive study of the philosophy and practice of ethics in communication. Students will learn to analyze and evaluate ethical problems and gain skills to approach these situations with honesty, sincerity, and confidence. Special emphasis is given to ethical behavior for communication in the digital age. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
COM560 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
COM560 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Graduate Communication Project

Graduate Communication Project

Students will write a 25-page paper that identifies a communication theory in practice as observed in a case study. This cohesive paper is driven by theory and practices learned through the course work. A minimum of four of the courses content areas should be reflected in the paper. The paper will be defended before a panel of faculty members. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
COM565 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
COM565 BE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
COM565 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
COM565 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
COM565 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff

Faculty

Sandra Romo

Sandra Romo, Ph.D.

Program Director

Program Director, Masters & Bachelors of Arts in Communication | Assistant Professor of Communication

Office Phone: (951) 343-2173
Email: sromo@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Dirk Davis

Dirk Davis, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Academics / Professor of Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3905
Email: ddavis@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden, M.A.

Visiting Professor of Communication

Office Phone: (951) 343-3989
Email: rhayden@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Mary Ann Pearson

Mary Ann Pearson, Ed.D., APR

Professor of Public Relations / Chair of Arts & Sciences / Program Director of Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Public Relations

Office Phone: (951) 343-3967
Email: mpearson@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Brett Provance

Brett Scott Provance, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Humanities

Office Phone: (951) 343-5561
Email: bprovance@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for unconditional admission; 2.5 GPA for conditional admission consideration
  • 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

Step 1:

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Complete the financial aid application: FAFSA
CBU FAFSA School Code: 001125

Step 2:

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Step 3:

Student will supply official transcripts to admissions counselor

Step 4:

Admissions counselor will meet with you to complete the registration process and provide an estimated financial aid award/education financing plan*

Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





*Student may begin class once this step has been completed

This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

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