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
Seeking a unique, applied, blended format program?
Beginning Summer 2021, our courses will all be offered in uniquely blended online synchronous and asynchronous formats. Whether you are in New York City or New Deli, Seattle or Singapore, Atlanta or Aleppo, Denver or Douala, Little Rock or Leon, you can engage in a mission-driven program focused on practical application.
We invite students to participate in our mission to foster the co-creation of better social worlds through positive communication. We co-create highly engaged online courses that build community while focusing on asking three big questions across our course work:
What are we creating in our communication?
What do we want to create in our communication?
What communication practices will facilitate what we want to create?
What about your professional network?
To support your career development, we will aid you in connecting with our diverse alumni network. You will find support for an array of career development areas: communication coaching, public health, conflict mediation, business leadership and management, consulting, human resources, training, organization development, intercultural/diversity directors, 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 Two Year Example Plan to understand the flow of our unique blended program designed for working professionals. This sequence of courses is then adapted based on student goals.
What are the options for tailoring the program for my goals?
Regardless of career path, our three program goals–analyze messages, set communicative goals, and influence discourse–ensure deep learning across unique courses. Students have the option to tailor their program with varied course combinations and electives. Check out the options below and set a time with the graduate coordinator to explore these and other possible pathways.
- Professional Focus Areas- Students may use electives in these and other areas.
- Applied Communication– Students tailor projects in classes and their final project to fit their personal and professional development goals. These classes form the core of work all students complete.
- Health Communication– UAMS offers courses to complement interests in the health care industry.
- Business – The College of Business has identified electives that complement a focus on applied organizational communication. These electives may be combined with courses that lead to a Certificate in Business.
- Public Health – A unique 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 in 60 hours rather than 72 hours.
- Ph.D. Focus-Students with an interest in doctoral work gain a solid foundation in applied communication research and theory.
- Students benefit from the personal attention of faculty devoted to preparing them for the next step in their education.
- We mentor PhD-bound students in the submission of major course papers to professional conferences and journals.
- Our alumni serve as professors at schools ranging from Purdue and Clemson to Kansas State and the Clinton School of Public Service.
- Certificate Combinations-Students may concurrently complete a certificate in the following areas. In some cases, this step may require a 36 or 39-hour program rather than a 33-hour program.
- Conflict Mediation Certificate–All 18 hours of this certificate can be included in your degree program since our M.A. already includes three courses in this program.
- Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management– This certificate is for executives, directors, and managers of nonprofit organizations, as well as students interested in entering the nonprofit sector.
- Graduate Certificate Program in Human Resources/Organizational Communication – This certificate equips students with specialized knowledge of human behavior in the workplace and in the application of effective interpersonal communication practices to human resource functions.
- 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 via a portfolio