MastersinCommunications.com was established in 2017 as the only comprehensive directory of non-profit, accredited master’s in communication programs available on the Internet. We are a uniquely thorough resource that is committed to giving students the most direct and relevant insight into master’s in communication programs in the United States. To that end, we have interviewed over 150 program directors and professors from colleges and universities that offer graduate communication programs, in areas ranging from marketing and public relations to organizational communication, health communication, and political and global communication.
Over time, program directors and the curricula for master’s in communication programs change, as professors take different administrative positions and course content is updated to reflect the latest developments in the field. To give students the most current information on a given program, MastersinCommunications.com conducts interviews with new program directors regarding program changes. Nevertheless, we also see the value of keeping our older interviews for informational purposes. The following interviews have been archived for historical purposes, as the programs are either no longer offered or we have since published an updated interview with more current information.
Interview with Kristen M. Berkos, Ph.D. – Bryant University
Dr. Berkos is an Associate Professor and was the Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at Bryant University, where she oversaw student recruitment, admissions, and advising, curriculum development, and faculty hiring for the MA in Communication program. At this time, Bryant University is not accepting applications for this program, so Dr. Berkos interview has been archived.
Interview with Joe Burns, Ph.D. – Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. Burns is the Graduate Coordinator of the Master's in Organizational Communication program at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he advises students, supports faculty, and oversees curriculum development. He also teaches courses in communication technology as a Professor. "We prepare people for advanced careers. We are real-world based. We are a working degree for working people who want to be the best they can for an employer."
Interview with David Lightfoot, Ph.D. – Georgetown University
Dr. Lightfoot is the Director of Georgetown University's Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology program. As Director, he manages curriculum development, recruits and advises students, and teaches courses on the intersection of linguistics and cognitive science. He also co-directs Georgetown University's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. "At CCT, we don’t teach operational skills just for today’s careers. Ours is a thinking-skills program where students develop practical approaches to making sense of the new and unexplored - these they can apply to a wide variety of careers, even those that haven’t materialized yet."
Interview with Corinne Stavish, M.A. – Lawrence Technological University
Professor Stavish was the Director of Lawrence Technological University's Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication program, where she guided curriculum development, supported faculty, advised students, and taught courses in team building, corporate storytelling, and interpersonal communication. At this time, Lawrence Technological University is not offering the Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication program.
Interview with Michael G. Strawser, Ph.D. – Bellarmine University
Dr. Strawser was the Director of Graduate Programs at Bellarmine University's School of Communication, where he taught courses in organizational, instructional, strategic, intercultural, and leadership communication as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Strawser also served as an Instructional Designer for Bellarmine University's online and hybrid courses. This interview was published in February of 2018 and archived in June of 2021 when we conducted a new interview about the M.A. in Communication in Bellarmine University.
Interview with Michael Weigold, Ph.D. – University of Florida
Dr. Weigold is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management for the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, where he advises students of the College and supervised the design and development of the online Master of Arts in Mass Communication program. As a Professor, he also teaches classes in advertising, strategic communication, and health and science communication. "The students who benefit the most from our program have a very clear sense of professional life, and want a partner that will support them in both the short-term and the long-term as they earn their degree."