At MastersinCommunications.com, we believe that the people who have the most useful information about master’s in communication programs are the people who have actually completed a degree program and seen how it has impacted their career path. With this in mind, we created our Alumni Interview Series, featuring graduates of prominent master’s in communication programs who share their experiences in the program, and offer insights on topics such as:

  • How their courses and projects applied to their careers post-graduation
  • How to address any challenges during the completion of one’s degree
  • How to tackle any master’s thesis or capstone project requirements
  • The advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a campus-based, hybrid, or fully online course of study

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Alabama

Alumni Interview with Debbie Bracewell – Troy University

Debbie Bracewell, M.S. earned her Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Troy University in 2014. She served as the executive director for the National Council of Spirit Safety, and taught English courses at the high school level for over 20 years. She volunteers for United Methodist Women and Recovery Organization of Coffee County, helping them with their communications efforts and speaker events.

Alumni Interview with Heather Cotton – Troy University

Heather Cotton, M.S. earned her Master of Science degree in Strategic Communication from Troy University in 2016. Since graduating, she has worked as an Advertising Account Executive at h2o Creative Group and as a Strategic Communications Consultant for multiple companies.

Alumni Interview with Anneshia Hardy – Troy University

Anneshia Hardy earned her Master of Science in Strategic Communication with a specialization in Media Studies from Troy University. She is currently a Staff Marketing Associate at the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University, where she also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of Communications. Ms. Hardy also works as a strategic communications consultant for non-profit organizations.

Alumni Interview with Jasmine Hunter, M.S. – Troy University

Jasmine Hunter, M.S. earned her Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Troy University in 2015. She is a Communications Specialist for Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge, where she focuses on public relations and strategic communication. She also teaches a course in public relations case studies as an Adjunct Professor at Alabama State University.

Alumni Interview with Donovan Jackson, MS – Troy University

Donovan Jackson, M.S. earned his Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Troy University in 2014, and has worked in public affairs and media relations management at the American Retirement Association and Maxwell Air Force Base, respectively. He is now a Senior Public Relations Account Executive at Kellen.

Alumni Interview with Gabrielle Lamplugh – Auburn University

Gabrielle Lamplugh is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Communication program at Auburn University. She currently works as an Assistant Program Director at the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Montevallo, Alabama.

Arizona

Alumni Interview with Jeremiah Gloria – Northern Arizona University

Jeremiah Gloria graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2016, earning a Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Documentary Studies. Today, he works as an Assistant Video Editor for National Geographic in Washington, D.C.

Arkansas

Alumni Interview with Lauren Lee – University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Lauren Lee graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies (MA-ACS) program in 2015. Today, she works as an Account Director at Merkle, specializing in pharmaceutical email marketing.

Alumni Interview with Madeline Pyle – University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Madeline Pyle is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies (MA-ACS) program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She currently works as the Associate Director of Communications for Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.

California

Alumni Interview with Erika Carlson – California State University, Fresno

Erika Carlson is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Communication program at California State University, Fresno. She currently works for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a Medial Support Assistant.

Alumni Interview with Sakina Jangbar, Ph.D. – California State University, Northridge

Dr. Sakina Jangbar graduated from the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at California State University, Northridge, and also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

Colorado

Alumni Interview with Adam Mohrbacher – University of Denver

Adam Mohrbacher works for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer in Aurora, Colorado. He completed his master’s in 2016 through the University of Denver’s Master of Arts in Media and Public Communication program, specializing in Strategic Communication.

Connecticut

Alumni Interview with Seth McCullock – University of Connecticut

Seth McCullock graduated from the University of Connecticut’s Master of Arts in Communication program with a specialization in Communication Theory. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Communication at Purdue University, while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and University Fellow.

Alumni Interview with Adam Rainear – University of Connecticut

Adam Rainear is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Communication program at the University of Connecticut. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at UConn, conducting research in the fields of science and risk communication.

District of Columbia

Alumni Interview with Katie Bowen – Georgetown University

Katie Bowen is a Marketing Communications Professional with extensive experience working in politics, issue advocacy, and non-profits. She completed her master’s degree though the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications program at Georgetown University.

Alumni Interview with Nikita D’Souza – Georgetown University

Nikita D’souza is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Bristol Associates, an aircraft remarketing company based in Washington, DC. She completed her master’s in 2018 through the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Georgetown University.

Alumni Interview with Diana Delgado – Georgetown University

Diana Delgado is a graduate of the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Georgetown University. She currently works as a Communications Associate for Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C.

Alumni Interview with Christel Ghattas – Georgetown University

Christel Ghattas currently works as a Corporate Communications Manager for Discovery, Inc., managing the company’s corporate social media accounts and daily corporate communications initiatives. She earned her master’s in 2014 through the Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program at Georgetown University.

Alumni Interview with Karalee Harhaji – Georgetown University

Karalee Harhaji is the Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving Direct Mail Marketing and Operations at Georgetown University. She graduated from Georgetown’s Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program in 2018.

Alumni Interview with Lily Huang – Georgetown University

Lily Huang completed her master’s in 2017 through the Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program at Georgetown University. She currently works as Digital Marketing Communications Manager for the cybersecurity company WhiteHawk CEC, Inc.

Alumni Interview with Katheryn Kim – Georgetown University

Katheryn Kim graduated from Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program in 2018. She now works as a Business Development Manager at Pivotal Practices Consulting in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Alumni Interview with Kate Kundrat – Georgetown University

Kate Kundrat is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. She currently works as a Social Marketing Manager at the Cola-Cola Company, consulting on social strategies for brands such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani, and more.

Alumni Interview with Carlos Lopez – Georgetown University

Carlos Lopez graduated from Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program in 2017. He now works as the Deputy Director of Tourism for the city of Veracruz, Mexico.

Alumni Interview with Annie Lorenzana – Georgetown University

Annie Lorenzana is a graduate of the Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program at Georgetown University. She now works as a Senior Communications Specialist for American Airlines.

Alumni Interview with Bethany Sims – Georgetown University

Bethany Sims earned her master’s in 2018 through Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications program. Today, she works as a Senior Account Executive at Porter Novelli, one of the world’s leading public relations agencies.

Alumni Interview with Lindsay Smith – Georgetown University

Lindsay Smith earned her master’s degree through the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications program at Georgetown University. She is now the Senior Content Strategist and Copywriter for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.

Alumni Interview with Danielle Tyler – Georgetown University

Danielle Tyler earned her master’s degree in 2018 through Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. She currently works as Communications Manager for Capital Partners for Education, a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C.

Alumni Interview with David Ward – Georgetown University

David Ward is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Master of Professional Studies in Global Strategic Communications program. He currently serves as Director of Public Affairs for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) in Washington, D.C.

Illinois

Alumni Interview with Donovan Bisbee – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Donovan Bisbee is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his master’s degree through the MA in Communication program at UIUC, where he concentrated in Rhetoric and Public Discourse.

Alumni Interview with Katie Bruner – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Katie Bruner earned her master’s in 2015 through the Master of Arts in Communication program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at UIUC with a focus on Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

Alumni Interview with Daniel DeVinney – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daniel DeVinney earned his master’s degree through the Master of Arts in Communication program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D., with research interests in Rhetoric and Public Discourse.

Alumni Interview with Olivia Hook Frey – Illinois State University

Olivia Hook Frey graduated from Illinois State University in 2015, where she earned her master’s degree in communication with an emphasis in training and development. She currently works in higher education relations for a national association based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Alumni Interview with Jeff Kuznekoff, Ph.D. – Illinois State University

Dr. Jeff Kuznekoff earned his master’s in communication from Illinois State University, and a Ph.D. in communication studies from Ohio University. He currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies at Miami University.

Alumni Interview with Caleb Malik – Illinois State University

Caleb Malik is a gradate of the Master’s Degree in Communication program at Illinois State University. He currently works as a Digital Marketing Strategist for a content marketing agency in Phoenix, Arizona.

Alumni Interview with Zach McGeehon – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Zach McGeehon completed his master’s through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies program. He currently works as an Adjunct Professor of Speech at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Illinois.

Alumni Interview with Jenny Montagne – DePaul University

Jenny Montagne graduated from DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Digital Communication and Media Arts program in 2018. She currently works for the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, as the Marketing Coordinator for their part-time MBA programs.

Alumni Interview with Stevie Munz, Ph.D. – Illinois State University

Dr. Stevie Munz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Utah Valley University. She earned her master’s degree in communication from Illinois State University, and holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University.

Alumni Interview with Monika Sziron – DePaul University

Monika Sziron earned her master’s degree in 2017 through DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Digital Communication and Media Arts (DCMA) program. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Alumni Interview with David Tokarz – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David Tokarz graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Master of Arts in Communication program in 2013. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at UIUC while working as a Teaching Assistant.

Alumni Interview with Courtney Wessel – Northwestern University

Courtney Wessel is a graduate of the Full-Time Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Northwestern University. She now works as a Marketing Analyst for DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar, an international organization for defense attorneys and in-house counsel.

Alumni Interview with Megan Wieser – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Megan Wieser is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she specialized in Public Relations. She has been working as a member of SIUE’s University Marketing and Communications team since 2014.

Alumni Interview with Samuel Wilson – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Samuel Wilson completed his master’s degree in 2017 through the Master of Arts in Communication program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at UIUC, with a research focus on socially-situated information processing and persuasion.

Alumni Interview with Mary Worley, Ph.D. – Illinois State University

Dr. Mary Worley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she teaches courses in Integrated Strategic Communication. She graduated from the Master’s Degree in Communication program at Illinois State University, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

Iowa

Alumni Interview with Scott Bredman – University of Northern Iowa

Scott Bredman graduated from the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at the University of Northern Iowa, where he specialized in Communication Education. He currently works as an Instructor in UNI’s Department of Communication Studies.

Alumni Interview with Jen McKeown – The University of Iowa

Jen McKeown completed her master’s in 2018 through The University of Iowa’s online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program. She currently serves as Director of Marketing Communications for Avera Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Alumni Interview with Millie Njezic – University of Northern Iowa

Millie Njezic is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at the University of Northern Iowa. She has an extensive background in digital marketing, and currently works as an eCommerce Specialist for a footwear brand based in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Alumni Interview with Montana Smith – University of Northern Iowa

Montana Smith is currently a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University, where she’s pursuing her doctorate in Communication Studies with a focus on Performance Studies. She earned her master’s in 2016 through the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at the University of Northern Iowa, specializing in Communication Education.

Michigan

Alumni Interview with John Baker – Lawrence Technological University

John Baker graduated from Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC) program in 2015. He currently works as a Technical Communications Manager for Thomson Reuters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Alumni Interview with Holly Helterhoff – Lawrence Technological University

Holly Helterhoff earned a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication from Lawrence Technological University in 2005. She is now the Senior Lecturer for Technical and Professional Communication at LTU, as well as Director of the school’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

Alumni Interview with Rita Hourani-Ndovie – Oakland University

Rita Hourani-Ndovie completed Oakland University’s Master of Arts in Communication program in 2018. She currently works as a Corporate Support Coordinator for WKAR, a public TV/radio station affiliated with Michigan State University.

Alumni Interview with Max King – Oakland University

Max King completed the Master of Arts in Communication program at Oakland University in 2017. He currently works for the school as the Coordinator of Athletic Communications, serving as the primary media contact for OU’s various sports teams.

Alumni Interview with Anna Palm – Oakland University

Anna Palm is a Writer, Journalist, and Communication Professional based in Michigan. She completed her master’s in 2018 through the Master of Arts in Communication program at Oakland University.

Alumni Interview with Courtney Stockman – Oakland University

Courtney Stockman graduated from Oakland University’s Master of Arts in Communication program with a focus on Critical and Cultural Studies. While pursuing her degree, she served as a Graduate Assistant in both the Department of Communication and Journalism and OU’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

Alumni Interview with Andrew Welch – Eastern Michigan University

Andrew Welch has served as Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne for almost 10 years. He earned his master’s degree through the online Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Eastern Michigan University.

Montana

Alumni Interview with Emma MacKenzie – Montana Tech

Emma MacKenzie graduated from Montana Tech’s Master of Science in Technical Communication program in 2011. In addition to being a freelance technical writer, editor, and web designer, she currently works as a personal and professional development coach for women.

New York

Alumni Interview with Ryan Bince – Syracuse University

Ryan Bince is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Communication and Rhetorical Studies program at Syracuse University. He currently works as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences, and plans to pursue his Ph.D. in Fall 2019.

Alumni Interview with Megan Fullagar – The City College of New York

Megan Fullagar is a graduate of The City College of New York’s Master of Professional Studies in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) program. She currently works as a Marketing Manager for Penthera Partners, a technology start-up based in New York City.

Alumni Interview with Javier Garcia – The City College of New York

Javier Garcia is an Entrepreneur and Adjunct Professor with extensive experience in communications, advertising, and brand building. He earned his master’s degree in 2015 through The City College of New York’s Master of Professional Studies in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) program.

Alumni Interview with Alexandra Suazo – The City College of New York

Alexandra Suazo is a graduate of The City College of New York’s Master of Professional Studies in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) program. She currently serves as Senior Manager of Digital Marketing and Marketing Content for American Girl.

Alumni Interview with Dhvani Unadkat – The City College of New York

Dhvani Unadkat is an alumnus of The City College of New York’s Master of Professional Studies in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) program. She currently works as a Digital Marketing Analyst for Hunter Public Relations in New York City.

North Carolina

Alumni Interview with Arthur Berger – North Carolina State University

Arthur Berger earned his mater’s degree through the Master of Science in Technical Communication (MSTC) program at North Carolina State University. Today, he works as a Technical Writer for and Enterprise Technology Company in their cloud services division.

Alumni Interview with Nupoor Jalindre – North Carolina State University

Nupoor Jalindre is a second-year Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University, who also works for SAS as a Graduate Research Assistant. She earned her master’s degree through NC State’s Master of Science in Technical Communication (MSTC) program in 2017.

Alumni Interview with Sree Pattabiraman – North Carolina State University

Sree Pattabiraman is a graduate of the Master of Science in Technical Communication (MSTC) program at North Carolina State University. She currently works as a Senior Technical Writer for Extreme Networks in Raleigh, North Carolina.

South Dakota

Alumni Interview with Ashley Granby Wolf – South Dakota State University

Ashley Granby Wolf works as a Public Relations Intern for the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C. She earned a Master’s of Mass Communication through the online program at South Dakota State University.

Alumni Interview with Sherianne Hermes – South Dakota State University

Sherianne Hermes graduated from the online Master of Mass Communication program at South Dakota State University in 2018. She currently works as a Professional Standards Coordinator at Addison Consolidated Dispatch Center in Illinois.

Alumni Interview with Jessica McLain – South Dakota State University

Jessica McLain graduated from the Online Master of Mass Communication program at South Dakota State University in 2018. She currently works for Wells Fargo, as part of their Root Cause and Investigation Team.

Alumni Interview with Charean Williams – South Dakota State University

Charean Williams is an award-winning writer and reporter who has covered the NFL for 25 years, including 17 years with the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her master’s degree through the online Master of Mass Communication program at South Dakota State University.

Texas

Alumni Interview with Morgan April – Texas Christian University

Morgan April graduated from the Master of Science in Communication Studies program at Texas Christian University in 2017. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alumni Interview with Susannah Bannon – Texas State University

Susannah Bannon earned her master’s degree in 2014 through Texas State University’s Master of Arts in Communication Studies program. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, while also serving as Director of Communications for the Texas Inmate Families Association.

Alumni Interview with Tianna Cobb – Texas State University

Tianna Cobb earned her master’s through Texas State University’s Master of Arts in Communication Studies program. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma with a focus on Organizational and Interethnic Communication.

Alumni Interview with Hayley Hollis – Sam Houston State University

Hayley Hollis is a graduate of Sam Houston State University’s online Master of Arts in Communication Studies program. She currently teaches Public Speaking and Communication courses at both Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and Lone Star College University Park in Houston, Texas.

Alumni Interview with Christy McCormick – Sam Houston State University

Christy McCormick graduated from Sam Houston State University’s online Master of Arts in Communication Studies program in 2017. She now works in higher education as a Communications Contractor, and currently writes digital and print content for Campbell University in North Carolina.

Alumni Interview with Nilam Patel – Sam Houston State University

Nilam Patel earned her master’s degree through Sam Houston State University’s online Master of Arts in Communication Studies program. She currently works as an Adjunct Instructor of Speech and Communication Studies at multiple colleges, universities, and high schools.

Alumni Interview with Kaitlin Phillips, Ph.D. – Texas Christian University

Dr. Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Utah State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and earned her master’s through the Master of Science in Communication Studies program at Texas Christian University.

Alumni Interview with Tiffany Wang, Ph.D. – Texas Christian University

Dr. Tiffany Wang earned her master’s degree through Texas Christian University’s Master of Science in Communication Studies program. Today, she works as an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.

Alumni Interview with Christopher Wernecke – Texas State University

Christopher Wernecke graduated from the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at Texas State University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Georgia State University, studying rhetoric and politics, and teaching undergraduate communication courses.

Utah

Alumni Interview with David Blackmer – Westminster College

David Blackmer is the Director of Member Experience at the AAPC, where he leads member and customer experience management initiatives and supervises the development of marketing and educational materials for the organization. He has also held numerous marketing, public relations, and operations management roles within the AAPC.

Alumni Interview with Danielle LeCourt – Westminster College

Danielle LeCourt is an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College and the owner of a communications consultancy firm that assists educational institutions in developing viable communication strategies and platforms. She teaches classes in intercultural communication, strategic communication, and integrated marketing communications.