Applied Communication Dept.Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies
AlumniTamidra Marable & Becky Harwell
AlumniDerek Wingfield & Adena (Strickland) White
AlumniBruce Trimble & Ashley McNatt
AlumniSasha Arjannikova & Mary Cantrell
AlumniJacob Jenkins & Whitney Albert
AlumniKristina Carnes & Andrew Pyle
AlumniMelanie Morgan & Chris Brown
Alumni (12)Graduate Coordinator: Gerald Driskill
The MA in Applied Communication Studies provides graduate students with a solid theoretical and practical understanding of how communication practices operate in everyday life. An undergraduate background in speech or communication is helpful, but not required. In line with our department’s mission, to foster the co-construction of better social worlds through positive communication, students develop communication skills that are necessary for ethical and effective leadership in all areas of today’s diverse organizational professional world. We achieve this mission by having students complete class and final projects primarily focused on six communication applications:
(a) communication and organizational culture analysis
(b) communication and transformation/change
(c) positive interpersonal communication
(d) conflict management
(e) crisis and renewal communication
(f) experiential learning in presentations and training
Courses based on these applications support students in employing communication research to co-create better social worlds for their organizations and communities by collecting and analyzing data to generate communication recommendations; adapting messages to diverse audiences and contexts; modeling positive and ethical communication in professional and multi-cultural contexts; and advocating for value adding positive co-constructed communication practices.
Individualized Focus Area
The above six applications launch students into their areas of focus or emphasis. Elective courses, projects within required classes, and the final M.A. project involve students in tailoring their program to fit their goals. Students are encouraged to identify focus areas relevant to their career goals.
To support your career development, we will aid you in connecting with our diverse alumni network. You will find support for an array of emphasis areas: internal and external communication, public health, conflict mediation, business leadership and management, consulting, human resources, training, organization development, intercultural/diversity initiatives, non-profit leadership, relational communication, health care, education, and public relations.
As students enter the program, we identify ways to maximize coursework, including electives and the final project to fit their career goals. Review this sample course sequence to understand the flow of our unique blended program designed for working professionals. This sequence of courses is then adapted based on student goals.
Our program has built bridges with several programs outside of the department. Interested students should explore these options with the Graduate Coordinator:
- Health Communication– UAMS offers courses to complement work a student may complete with this focus..
- Conflict Mediation Certificate – U.A. Little Rock-School of Public Affairs offers an 18 hour certificate. All 18 hours of this certificate can be included in your degree program since our M.A. already includes three courses in his program.
- MBA– The College of Business has identified electives for students interested in courses that will complement a focus on organizational communication.
- Public Health- A 60 hour concurrent program with the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Students earn an M.A. in Applied Communication Studies and an M.A. in Public Health.
Students with an interest in doctoral work gain a solid foundation in applied communication research and theory. These students benefit from the personal attention of faculty devoted to preparing them for the next step in their education. We encourage Ph.D. bound students to revise and submit major course papers to professional conferences and journals while they are in our master’s program. Alumni from our master’s program now serve as professors at schools ranging from Purdue and Clemson to Kansas State and the Clinton School of Public Service.
Graduation Requirements (for both tracks)
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study
- Successful completion and defense of master’s paper, internship paper, or thesis
- Successful completion of the comprehensive exam