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Virginia McDermott
Dean and Professor of Strategic Communication
High Point University’s Master of Arts in Communication and Business Leadership provides the full complement of analytical and practical life skills resulting in exceptional communicators that employ interdisciplinary principles of business management. This program develops students' strategic thinking and messaging, relationship building, organization leadership, logical analysis, negotiation, and complex problem-solving abilities.
21.04.29 jenna fortier high point university MA communication leadership program
The Masters of Communication and Business Leadership at High Point University has equipped me with arguably the two most critical skills in the workplace: strong communication skills and an actionable understanding of transformational leadership.
Jenna Fortier
BSBA Marketing, 2020 | MA Communication and Business Leadership, 2021
Kaylee Kerr
This program has been the perfect balance between business and communication, two vital skills in a constantly changing world. This program has equipped me with the tools necessary to adapt and thrive, while allowing me to grow both personally and professionally.
Kaylee Kerr
BA Media Production and Entrepreneurship, 2020 | MA Communication and Business Leadership, 2021
20.05.08 kevin rubin student high point university MA communication leadership program
To quote the offer letter I received from Freddie Mac: ‘We received countless applications for this role and yours soared to the top.’ This would not have been possible without the experience I gained in grad school. 
Kevin Rubin
BS Computer Science, 2020 | MA Communication and Business Leadership, 2021

Our Program Overview:

30 credit hour program:

  • 24 credits of courses
  • 4 hours of 360-degree practicum (200 hours of experiential education)
  • 2 hours of capstone experiences
  • Can be completed in 3 semesters of full time enrollment:12 Hours in Fall, 12 Hours in Spring, 6 Hours in Summer

Required courses:

  • CBL 5000 | Strategic Message Design
  • CBL 5020 | Organizational Behavior
  • CBL 5100 | Data and Decision Making
  • CBL 5200 | Persuasion, Positioning and Negotiation
  • CBL 5220 | Leadership

Success Skills:

  •    Global Leadership Principles
  •    Persuasive Communication
  •    Ethical Analysis
  •    Team Development Skills
  •    Data Driven Decision-Making


The MA-CBL Program at High Point University is accredited. Graduates of the program will receive their Master of Arts degree, abbreviated as M.A.. Before HPU ever promoted the program in communication and business leadership, they submitted the accreditation proposal and were approved. All graduate programs at High Point University are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Your Internship Overview:

Steps to Obtaining and Completing Your Internship

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.” Internships are an excellent way for students to gain real world experience, network in their desired field, build their resume, and ultimately explore and launch a rewarding career.

The M.A., Communication and Business Leadership (M.A., CBL) internship provides students the opportunity to complete a meaningful career oriented work experience in a variety of professional organizational settings. The supervised internship experience requires students to balance both their professional worksite responsibilities and their academic course responsibilities in effectively completing the masters level internship.

M.A., CBL students have two options when gaining internship experience:

  1. An off-campus internship opportunity with either a for profit or not for profit organization
  2. An on-campus internship opportunity with either an academic or business unit of the University

These internships are graded for credit.

For M.A. CBL students interested in creating and completing an internship, please print and utilize the Step by Step Process for Obtaining and Completing Your Internship using the link provided at the top of this page. This guide will take you through the process you’ll follow in researching possible internships, preparing for and meeting with potential internship employers, securing your internship, obtaining HPU approvals, and finally, completing your internship and internship course requirements.

Graduate Admissions
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Our graduate programs are designed with the career professional in mind and courses are structured to suit your schedule.

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