Master of Arts
You can enhance your professional marketability and grow your career, while continuing to work full or part-time as needed, with a master’s in communication from Purdue University Northwest. The highly flexible master’s degree program offers a broad range of courses on theories and research methodologies associated with rhetoric, interpersonal communication, performance studies, media studies and so much more.
Our master’s in communication is designed specifically for students who live and work in northwest Indiana. You’ll complete advanced, highly focused studies in human communication to advance your career, prep for a doctoral program or qualify to teach dual credit.
With an emphasis on theory, research and advanced communication techniques, this program offers a number of optional courses so you can tailor your studies to your interests.
Begin your studies with a research experience, as well as foundational courses in communication theory and practice.
- COM 50000 – Introduction to Graduate Studies
- COM 52700 – Introduction to Cultural Studies
- COM 58400 – Research Methods
Complete the requirements for the degree and complete your thesis.
- COM 55900 – Current Trends in Mass Communication Research
- COM 51500 – Persuasion in Social Movements
- COM 52500 – Advanced Interviewing
We offer the only Master of Arts in Communication degree program in the area. It is highly flexible and offers both the opportunity for career advancement and the foundation for further study. You can finish your studies in two years, and evening classes make it convenient to work full-time. You can also support your journey with graduate teaching assistantships.
Numerous graduate students have successfully completed the program to enhance their professional skills in their current employment situations or make themselves more marketable in Northwest Indiana. Students have also used the M.A. degree to teach public speaking and other communication courses at community colleges and high schools.
The program can also help to prepare you for doctoral study or to satisfy your curiosity about the most fundamental human behavior: communication.
Funding opportunities available to communication graduate students include:
- Eugene V. Debs Graduate Student Award in Communication and the Common Good
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Beyond the Classroom
Our MA students routinely present at regional and national conferences, including NCA and Pop Culture.
This degree prepares you to:
- Teach dual credit
- Earn admission into a doctoral program
- Advance your career
Graduates of this program are employed in organizations and companies like:
- Northwestern University
- Museum of Science and Industry
Meet the Faculty
Professor of Communication
Dunn’s current role as a Professor of Communication is to teach a variety of courses for the Department of Communication & Creative Arts, both undergraduate and graduate.
Professor, Media Studies
Lee Artz is a professor of media studies and the director of the department of communications. He is also the Center for Global Studies representative and serves on the faculty senate editorial boards of capitalism, communication, critique and democratic communique.
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, CHESS
Catherine Gillotti is an associate professor of Communication and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS).
Associate Professor of Communication
Mary Beth O’Connor teaches broadcasting and advertising courses and oversees both of those concentrations for the department. Additionally, she is the supervising producer for The Roundtable Perspective television show.
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Social Media
Rhon Teruelle’s research and teaching focus on critical communication studies.
Associate Professor of Communication
Dr. Wilbur is an Associate Professor of Communication and of Health Studies, He also serves as a Faculty Fellow in Student Affairs, and is the faculty advisor for the PNW Theatre Company.