Open only to selected High Point University students
The Strategic Communication program coordinator is Dr. Virginia McDermott. Dr. McDermott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-841-9384.
The Master’s degree program at the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication is 35-credit sequence of 11 courses, normally taking two years to complete. For students in the B.A. to M.A. program, three of the master’s level courses (9 credits) may be taken during a student’s senior year of the bachelor’s to be counted toward the requirements of both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees. Students in the B.A. to M.A. program graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in May, enroll in graduate courses that summer, fall, and spring, and graduate the following May with their master’s degree.
Students interested in the BA to MA program should meet with Dr. Virginia McDermott (email@example.com), Associate Dean of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, by the beginning of their junior year. Students must apply to and be formally admitted to the program, which will normally take place in the spring of their junior year. Students apply directly to High Point University Graduate School and NRQSC faculty review all applications. Students will be contacted within two-weeks of submitting a completed application.
Required Materials Include:
- APPLICATION: Complete the online application. When starting your application, please indicate your entering term (the semester you are no longer an undergraduate student) as the semester after graduation. For most BA to MA students, this will be the summer term after you graduate.
- TRANSCRIPTS: You will be asked to provide official transcripts from High Point University. Your transcript must have a 3.0 GPA. If it does not, you must provide a statement indicating that your GPA will exceed a 3.0 at the end of the semester in which you are applying. (Students with GPAs below 3.0 might be offered conditional admittance contingent on their GPA meeting the 3.0 minimum before enrolling in a graduate class).
- THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: The application system will prompt you to list three people to write recommendations. You should ask three HPU professors to complete the form and write a letter of recommendation prior to entering their names in the system. The professors will receive a link and can complete an evaluation and upload a letter.
- PERSONAL STATEMENT: In an approximately 500-750 word essay, please respond to these three questions: (a) Why are you interested in a MA in strategic communication? (b) What has been your biggest academic challenge and how to you manage it? (c) How will you manage your time and commitments to ensure your success in graduate school?
- A RESUME. Provide a professional resume that includes all your work experiences, internships, volunteer activities, and university activities.
- PAYMENT. There is no application fee required for current HPU students.
- DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: The deadline for all materials to be submitted, including recommendations, is March 15 in the spring or November 15 in the fall. Applications can be submitted early and will be evaluated as they are completed.
Exceptions to any admission requirement may be considered under special circumstances.
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B.A. to M.A. (35 semester hours)
Students in the Strategic Communication Master’s Degree program focus on one of two areas: Health Communication or Public Relations. In addition to taking core courses in strategic communication, research methods, and communications technology, each student also takes two courses in their focus area.
Senior Year Classes (9 Hours)
- COM 4996/5000 – Strategic Communication Theories, Practices and Ethics
- COM 4997/5002 – Persuasion and Media Effects
- COM 4998/5100 – Research Methods
Core Classes (5 Hours)
- COM 5005 – Practicum in Strategic Communication
- COM 5900 – Strategic Communication Project
Methods (3 Hours)
Choose one from the following:
- COM 5110 – Qualitative Methods and Analysis
- COM 5120 – Quantitative Methods and Analysis
- COM 5130 – Mixed Methods and Analysis
Technology (6 Hours)
Choose two of the following:
- COM 5200 – Message Design and Production
- COM 5210 – Video and Audio Production
- COM 5220 – Current Trends in Communication Technology
- COM 5250 – Topics in Technology for Strategic Communication
Choice of Concentration (6 Hours)
Choose two from concentration area:
- COM 5300 – Health Communication Research and Strategies
- COM 5310 – Culture and Health Communication
- COM 5320 – Interpersonal Health Communication
- COM 5330 – Health Communication Campaigns
- COM 5350 – Topics in Health Communication
- COM 5400 – Public Relations Research and Strategies
- COM 5410 – International and Intercultural Public Relations
- COM 5420 – Crisis Communication
- COM 5430 – Public Relations Campaigns
- COM 5450 – Topics in Public Relations
Electives (6 Hours)
- COM 5601 – Organizational Communication
- COM 5602 – Organizational Analysis and Training
- COM 5603 – Interpersonal Communication
- COM 5604 – Intercultural Communication
- COM 5699 – Special Topics in Communication
*Any additional course in the Strategic Communication program that does not fulfill a requirement.Any graduate course in another program with the permission of the director of the other program and permission of the graduate student’s program of study committee.