Answer: Yes, there are currently 31 online master’s in corporate and organizational communication programs offered at schools throughout the United States.

Corporate and organizational communication is defined as all the communications within an organization–such as a company, a non-profit organization, a government agency, etc.–that further the goals of this organization and enable the employees within the organization to collaborate effectively. Organizational and corporate communication encompasses corporate leadership rhetoric, human resources and employee training communications, internal messaging around a company’s identity and mission, media relations, negotiation and conflict management, and business-to-business communication. Online master’s in organizational and corporate communication programs prepare students to engage in public and media relations management, managerial communication, human resources communication and employee development, leadership consulting, and corporate campaign strategies.

Students of these programs learn how use effective written, multimedia, and interpersonal communication to navigate organizational settings and influence colleagues, clients, leaders, and stakeholders in their organization. They also learn the theories of human communication in organizational settings, and to understand how rhetoric impacts social organization and change. After graduating, students of master’s in organizational and corporate communication programs may find work as corporate communication consultants, project managers, public relations and marketing specialists, and human resources managers, as well as in roles that require an understanding of how people communicate individually, in small groups, and within organizations and larger communities.

Examples of Online Master’s in Organizational and Corporate Communication Programs

There are currently 31 online master’s in corporate and organizational communication programs in the United States. Below are brief descriptions of several of these programs:

  • The University of Alabama’s Department of Communication Studies offers an Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies with a specialization in Organizational Leadership that includes courses in negotiation and conflict management, group leadership, organizational communication theories and principles, gender politics and communication, relational communication, technology and culture in human communication, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers an Online Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications with an area of study in Corporate Communications. This program includes foundational courses in communication ethics, communications planning, public relations writing, and communications research, followed by electives that focus on corporate communications, crisis communication, leadership in communication, project management, and public speaking.
  • Sam Houston State University’s Department of Communication Studies offers an Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies with an area of study in Organizational Communication. This program has required classes in statistical methods for communication, communication research, interpersonal and family communication, advanced communication theory, conflict negotiation and resolution, intercultural communication, professional communication development, human communication in virtual organizations, and small group communication.
  • Gonzaga University’s Graduate School of Professional Studies offers an Online Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies with a concentration in Strategic and Organizational Communication. This program includes courses in communication theory, communication leadership and ethics, international and intercultural communication, interpersonal and group communication, strategic corporate communication, communication consulting and employee training, and the social dynamics of communicating with technology.
  • West Virginia University’s Department of Communication Studies offers an Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Corporate and Organizational Communication that includes courses in communication within the organization, organizational research and assessment, organizational culture, conflict management in organizational settings, media management, communication campaigns, workplace diversity, leadership, and case studies in organizational communication.

Online master’s in organizational and corporate communication programs often employ both asynchronous and synchronous course elements so that students can have flexibility in completing much of their course modules, yet still benefit from interactions with course peers and faculty. In addition to classes, most online master’s in organizational and corporate communication programs require students to complete a master’s thesis or capstone project that investigates a research question in corporate or organizational communication, or involves developing a practical solution to an organizational communication challenge. Some of programs may also include a required internship in an organizational setting, and/or a comprehensive examination.

Example Curriculum and Courses in Online Master’s in Organizational and Business Communication Programs

Below is a sample curriculum for an online master’s in organizational communication program. As programs in this field can vary in the content, course sequencing, and specific titles of their classes, the curriculum below should be used as an example for informational purposes only.

Curriculum ComponentCourse Titles and Graduation Requirement Descriptions
Core Courses
  • Interpersonal Communication in Professional Settings
  • Organizational Communication Theories and Principles
  • Research Methods in Organizational Communication
  • Communication Technology in Corporations and Organizations
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Elective Courses
  • Social and Digital Media Management
  • Communication Leadership
  • Organizational Culture and Change
  • Corporate Communication Campaigns
  • Gender, Diversity, and the Workplace
  • Business Writing and Negotiations
Graduation Requirements
  • Master’s Thesis or Applied Project in Corporate or Organizational Communication
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Practicum/Internship

For a comprehensive list of campus-based, online, and hybrid master’s in organizational and corporate communication programs, as well as course details and descriptions of the careers these programs may prepare students for, please refer to our Master’s in Organizational and Corporate Communication Programs page.

Note: MastersinCommunications.com classifies programs based on their actual curriculum, including core and elective courses. For the purposes of our directories, we classify a master’s in organizational and corporate communication program as one that has a clear specialization in organizational and corporate communication, and/or which offers at least three to four courses that are relevant to these fields. Such courses may cover concepts in business writing, human resources communication, organizational leadership communication, campaign planning, public and media relations, digital media management, organizational culture, communication for social change, interpersonal communication, and workplace issues such as diversity. Finally, in order to be classified as an online program, a program must deliver most or all of its course content online, require two or fewer campus visits annually, and allow students to complete their graduation requirements (such as a master’s thesis project) remotely.

Online Master's in Organizational, Business and Corporate Communication Degree Programs

Arizona State University

(Arizona)
Department: Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
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Austin Peay State University

(Tennessee)

Bay Path University

(Massachusetts)

Drake University

(Iowa)
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

(Pennsylvania)
Department: Communication, Journalism and Media Department, School of Graduate Studies
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Johns Hopkins University

(District of Columbia)

Liberty University

(Virginia)
Department: Department of Strategic and Personal Communication
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Marist College

(New York)

Marquette University

(Wisconsin)
Department: Graduate School of Management, Diederich College of Communication
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Minnesota State University, Mankato

(Minnesota)

Morehead State University

(Kentucky)
Department: Department of Communication, Media and Languages
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Murray State University

(Kentucky)
Department: Department of Organizational Communication
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Ohio University

(Ohio)
Department: Scripps College of Communication, School of Communication Studies
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Park University

(Missouri)
Department: Department of Communication Arts
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Southern Utah University

(Utah)

The College of New Rochelle

(New York)

The University of Alabama

(Alabama)

University of Central Missouri

(Missouri)

University of Southern California

(California)

Washburn University

(Kansas)
Department: Communication Studies Department
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Webster University

(Missouri)
Department: Communications and Journalism Department
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West Virginia University

(West Virginia)
Department: Department of Communication Studies
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