Mississippi College offers a Master of Science in Professional Communication in Health Sciences Administration and a Master of Science in Integrated Communication through its Communication Department. The Integrated Communication program is a generalist program that covers a broad range of topics in communication effects, persuasion, public relations, and media management. The Master of Science in Professional Communication in Health Sciences Administration combines courses in persuasive communication, communication research, and public relations with courses in organizational leadership in healthcare settings. (The Professional Communication program also offers a specialization in Sports Communication, but this is a hybrid program with online and on-campus courses.) Mississippi College uses the Moodle learning management system for its online degree programs. Students to access course information and materials, participate in class discussions, communicate with instructors, take quizzes, submit assignments, and more through Moodle.

Master of Science in Integrated Communication

The Master of Science in Integrated Communication is a 31-credit graduate degree that can be completed in as little as one year of study (but students have up to six years to finish their course requirements). The degree is offered entirely online and does not require in-person visits to campus. Considered a generalist program, the integrated communication curriculum broadly covers both theory and major areas of practice within the communication field (e.g., interpersonal communication, public relations).

Program curriculum is divided between core classes (13 semester hours) communication electives (15 semester hours) and one outside of the department elective (3 credits). The core classes provide students with a foundation in communication theory, research methodology and practices in mass communication. Classes include Public Relations, Communication Research, Persuasion, and Process and Effects of Communication. As part of the core curriculum, students also complete a convocation paper (1 semester hour), and a written comprehensive exam.

After their core classes, students can choose from an extensive list of communication electives. These courses allow students to craft a program of study that best aligns with their academic and professional development needs. Electives cover the spectrum of general communication areas of practice, from communication law and ethics to multicultural communication, television, media sales, mass communication, and interpersonal communication. Example elective classes include Intercultural Communication, Dynamics of Group Communication, Seminar in Current Mass Communication Topics, Seminar in Current Interpersonal Communication Topics, Media Programming and Management, Listening, Play Directing, Negotiation, Public Relations Writing, and Communication Law. Students can also take a Rhetorical Communication Practicum or complete an Internship for credit (as long as they receive advisor approval for their internship setting). Students also take one graduate-level course outside of the Communication Department, but must consult with their advisor regarding their choice of elective.

At the end of the program, students take their comprehensive examination and write a convocation paper that synthesizes the concepts they have learned, and which they present at the spring or fall convocation.

Master of Science in Professional Communication in Health Sciences Administration

The Master of Science in Professional Communication in Health Sciences Administration requires 31 credits, which can be completed in as little as one year of study. The entire program can be completed online without any in-person visits to the campus. The master’s degree is designed for health and medicine, media, communication and marketing professionals seeking to advance their skills in developing effective messaging practices within the healthcare field.

Curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach, blending coursework in major areas of communication, from public relations to organizational communication, with courses that focus on organizational management and contemporary issues in the health care industry. Coursework is split between core classes (16 semester hours), one communication elective (3 semester hours) and health services administration courses (12 semester hours). Core classes introduce students to the fundamental practices of persuasive and ethical communication, along with communication theory and history, public relations, and communication research methods. Example core classes include Public Relations, Seminar in Journalism Ethics, Communication Research, Persuasion, and the Process and Effects of Communication. Students also complete a convocation paper (1 semester hour) and a comprehensive examination.

For their communication elective course, students choose one of two courses: Science Communication or Negotiation. Science communication is designed for science writers, academics and scientists to build their skills in conveying scientific principles to both expert and general public audiences. Negotiation covers conflict resolution practices and principle, providing students with the ability to mediate and handle conflicts in different professional settings.

For the health services administration component of the program, students complete four classes, including Contemporary Issues in Healthcare, Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Administration, Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration, and a Health Services Administration Seminar. Through this coursework, students become familiar with the policies and procedures of the healthcare industry and its organizations (e.g., health associations, government, healthcare service providers). They also learn how key organizational theories apply to health care organizations, and the role that communication plays in the effective administration of such organizations. Additionally, students study and discuss the ethical practice and legal regulations within health administration settings, as well as the contemporary issues and challenges facing this field.

The program culminates with a comprehensive examination and a convocation paper in which students integrate the concepts they have learned in advanced communication theory and practices with their knowledge of health services leadership. Students are required to present their final paper before faculty and peers.

Mississippi College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


Online Master of Science in Communication - Integrated Communication

Overview
Department: Department of Communication
Specializations/Concentrations: Generalist Program
Websites: Department and Program

Program Format
Structure: Online program with no required campus visits
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction
Campus Visits Required: No
Program Length: Program can be completed in 1 year (students have up to 6 years to finish the program)

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: Comprehensive exam and convocation paper
Credits Required: 31 credits (11 courses)
Example Courses: Public Relations; Communication Research; Process and Effects of Communication; Persuasion; Intercultural Communication; Communication Law; Public Relations Writing; Negotiation

Application Requirements
Degree Required: Bachelor's degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.50
Testing Requirements: GRE required - applicants can inquire about a GRE waiver
Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Tuition Costs
Estimated Tuition: ~$18,228 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $588 per credit hour

State Authorizations: Program does not currently accept students from California and Massachusetts



Online Master of Science in Communication - Professional Communication

Overview
Department: Department of Communication
Specializations/Concentrations: Program in Health Services Administration
Websites: Department and Program

Program Format
Structure: Online program with no required campus visits
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction
Campus Visits Required: No
Program Length: Program can be completed in 1 year (students have up to 6 years to finish the program)

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: Comprehensive exam and convocation paper
Credits Required: 31 credits (11 courses)
Example Courses: Public Relations; Communication Research; Process and Effects of Communication; Persuasion; Negotiation; Science Communication; Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Administration; Contemporary Issues in Healthcare; Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration

Application Requirements
Degree Required: Bachelor's degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.50
Testing Requirements: GRE required - applicants can inquire about a GRE waiver
Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Tuition Costs
Estimated Tuition: ~$18,228 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $588 per credit hour

State Authorizations: Program does not currently accept students from California and Massachusetts