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Master of Arts in Communications

MA degrees offered in Evening/Quarter formats

In today’s business world, people are realizing the importance of expanding their range of experience and staying abreast of the latest industry trends.

The master of arts degree in communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville is one way to advance your career in public relations, advertising, management, fundraising, news media, or any job that involves working with people.

As one of our most versatile degree programs, the MA in communications is designed for students seeking to enhance their career in a broad range of fields. Customize your courses to fit your interests by choosing from four different areas of emphasis: promotions, training and development, media management, and digital and multimedia studies. You’ll learn from professors who have extensive real world experience and who are passionate about helping you reach your professional goals.

Like many of our graduate students, you may already be a full-time employee, parent, spouse, or caretaker and wonder if you can add “full-time student” to your list of roles. At Lindenwood, going back to school doesn’t mean putting the rest of your life on hold. We understand your busy schedule and work with you one-on-one to meet your academic goals conveniently.

The MA in communications is one of our accelerated degree programs, which means you can earn your degree in as little as 18 months by attending class only one night a week. Our unique cluster format for classes allows you to earn credits at a faster rate while still gaining relevant, in-depth knowledge from real professionals in the field. You’ll get the quality education to take your career to the next level without sacrificing important family and personal time!

Lindenwood University-Belleville Communications Faculty

Widely recognized experts in their fields, the communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville are award-winning filmmakers, video artists, public relations managers, and radio announcers. Their classes are guided by their firsthand experience in the industry, and the personalized nature of Lindenwood courses allows you to benefit from a close mentoring relationship with them. 

Earning a Master of Arts Degree in Communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville

When you pursue the MA in communications, you will take a wide variety of classes, ranging from marketing and management to copywriting and design. Each of our four areas of emphasis delves deeply into a specific aspect of the communications field and gives you the expertise you need to advance in any number of careers. 

Emphasis in Promotions

The promotions emphasis focuses on core classes in public relations and advertising with electives in web page design, organizational communications, and corporate leadership. You will gain key insight researching case studies in public relations ethics, as well as experience working with the latest social media and brand management strategies that companies are using today.

Emphasis in Training and Development

The training and development emphasis is designed for students with a strong interest in management. Learn techniques for implementing and managing diversity in the workplace, as well as selecting and retaining employees, motivating through communication, and using media for corporate presentations.

Emphasis in Media Management

The media management emphasis gives you a comprehensive look at the use of media for documentary storytelling, designing business graphics, and building web sites. A management component also gives you a thorough background in overseeing personnel within an organization, making it perfect for students seeking upper-level roles in media departments or companies.

Emphasis in Digital and Multimedia Studies

The digital and multimedia studies emphasis blends theory with hands-on experience as you take coursework in television production, scriptwriting, graphic design management, and web imaging. You will get experience working with the most up-to-date professional design software and TV production equipment in our very own campus television studio and Communication Center.

What to do with a Graduate Degree in Communications

Your graduate degree in communications will open up a number of advanced career options for you. You will gain the important skills you need whether you’re managing your own small business or overseeing the brand image for a large corporation. Graduates in communications are typically employed as directors in public relations, marketing, and communications, as well as television managers, writers, and editors.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that public relations and fundraising managers earned a median annual salary of $104,140 in 2015, and the demand for jobs in this field is expected to grow seven percent through 2024.

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2600 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226