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Program Intro

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 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.

The program also uses a rolling admissions policy that allows students to enroll up to the start of each semester. The program is highly flexible and allows each graduate student to plan his/her course of study in consultation with a graduate faculty or advisor.

Department of Communications and Creative Arts

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.

Curriculum Overview

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.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

Begin your studies with a research experience, as well as foundational courses in communication theory and practice.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 50000 – Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • COM 58400 – Research Methods

Complete the requirements for the degree and complete your degree.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 56000 – Rhetoric and Mass Media
  • 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.

A lion sculpture on PNW's campus PNW graduates at commencement


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

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Beyond the Classroom

Our MA students routinely present at regional and national conferences, including NCA and Pop Culture.

Career Paths

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
  • Cimcor
  • Museum of Science and Industry

Meet the Faculty

Daniel M. Dunn, Ph.D.

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.

Lee Artz

Lee Artz, Ph.D.

Professor, Media Studies

Lee Artz is a professor of media studies and the director of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Northwest.

Catherine Gillotti

Catherine M. Gillotti, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, CHESS

Catherine Gillotti is a professor of Communication and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS).

Mary Beth O'Connor

Mary Beth O’Connor, M.A.

Professor Emeritus

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.

Rhon Teruelle

Rhon Teruelle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Social Media

Rhon Teruelle’s research and teaching focus on critical communication studies.

Dan Wilbur

Dan S. Wilbur, Ph.D.

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.

A PNW Student in the Classroom

Take the Next Step

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or to see how PNW’s flexible programs can meet your needs.