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Professional Communication (MA)

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Designed for rising working professionals, the College of Communication's accelerated one-year program incorporates the social underpinnings of communication with courses such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace and Professional Communication Law, Policy and Ethics. Participate in an online program with a mix of self-paced and real-time learning classes. You will take classes with a cohort, learning alongside and networking with fellow communication students from various professional backgrounds. Finish your degree by tackling a real-world workplace communication challenge that benefits an organization's stakeholders and builds your professional portfolio.

This online program includes a combination of synchronous (live) instruction and discussion and asynchronous (on demand) coursework. The live classes will meet two evenings per week. You will complete the 12 required courses in the 46-credit-hour program in one year (four quarters).

For more information about the MA, register for an information session or contact Wynne Strugatch for a 1:1 advising appointment.

Required courses

    • Professional Communication Orientation and Residency I
    • The Future of Professional Communication
    • Digital Media Skills for Professional Communication
    • Writing for Professional Communication Careers
    • Professional Communication Law, Policy and Ethics
    • Research Methods and Insights for Professional Communication
  • Effective Communication in Teams
  • Digital Communication in a Globalized World
  • Effective Communication with Employees
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Chief Communications Officer: Advising and Counseling Leadership
  • Professional Communication Final Project and Residency II

How to Apply

Initiate the online graduate application at

Select Graduate and create an account.

Select College of Communication.

Select entry term: FALL 2021

Select Yes for employer cohort.

Choose your employer or organization from the drop-down menu. 

  • If your employer has EdAssist, you will not see your company on the drop-down list. Choose Continue. Under the Additional Information tab, click Add New under Employer Name. This will open a pop-up box where you can select your employer from the EdAssist list. You also should check the Yes button next to "Is your employer part of the EdAssist network?"

If you do not see your employer, email

Submit your résumé in the online application or email it to

Submit Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (international applicants will need to also submit official transcript evaluations and English Proficiency scores).

Transcripts may be submitted electronically by your college or university to or mailed to the address below:

DePaul University
College of Communication Graduate Admissions
1 E. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604.

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