Master of Arts in Communication

Invest in yourself, your company, your future

Today more than ever, success and advancement in business, education and industry demands excellence in communication skills. If you feel the need for more knowledge and ability in communicating professionally or personally, the University of Dubuque's Master of Arts in Communication can answer that need.

Our unique MAC program incorporates the art and science of effective communication, providing a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching. Today's - and tomorrow's - leaders learn how to recognize, embrace, and pursue opportunities through world-class communication skills.

Our nationally renowned faculty offer extensive experience in instruction, business, and communication. They have published many textbooks and articles, made professional presentations and been recognized for teaching excellence through public awards.

In addition, our program draws you to a stimulating, lovely environment. Less than 200 miles from Chicago, the University of Dubuque nestles in a picturesque city high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, close to a vast network of corporate, manufacturing, financial, and service industries. The warm, local flavor is enhanced by both the national and international connections the University fosters.

Take this opportunity to grow and communicate - on a global scale.

Is This For Me?

Whether you are a recent university graduate or an experienced professional seeking career change or advancement, the MAC program features flexible course sequencing, evening courses, fall, spring, and summer courses, and flexible program completion. Class topics range from intercultural and interpersonal communication to professional writing and speaking, to Internet communication.

Working professionals can take evening courses over a two-year period (6 semesters). There are no undergraduate prerequisites.

What Makes the University of Dubuque's Master of Arts in Communication Unique?

Clear communication skills have always been crucial to the success of individuals and organizations, but they are even more essential in a growing global economy.

Today's leaders in business, education and industry must continually adapt to change, respond clearly, and make the best use of their resources. More than ever, their success depends on advanced levels of communication skills. The University of Dubuque's Master of Arts in Communication (MAC) incorporates both hands-on experience and practical applications, using a multi-disciplinary approach to helping today's leaders identify and pursue goals in public, corporate and non-profit organizations. Our MAC base of study prepares professionals to lead through verbal, written, and technical communication expertise in any of three concentrations:  Leadership and Management Communication, Strategic and Corporate Communication, or Information Technology Communication.

MAC Program Highlights 

  • The program is built based on intensive industry research.
  • Focuses on communication within the organization and between the organization’s publics.
  • Addresses intercultural, interpersonal, and mass communication messages.
  • Creates transformational relationship between the organization and its internal/external publics.
  • Monitors the changes in social trends and provides the relevant changes for the organization to undertake.
  • Students can complete their degree within one year.
  • The program allows credit for life learning experience.

MAC Admissions Requirement 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or domestically recognized international institution of higher education. Students from outside the U.S. may substitute a bachelor's equivalent (these vary from country to country).
    (official transcript required).
  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline is required to enter the MAC program.
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A formal application and two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete a graduate degree.
  • A personal statement of objectives for pursuit of this degree.
  • Demonstrate writing competence.
  • Program application fee.
  • Approval of Graduate Admission Committee.
  • Language proficiency. Students who have not studied or worked in institutions where English is spoken should take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Demonstrated proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper based exam (or a 213 on the internet version) and a personal interview.  A score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

For additional information, contact the following: 

University of Dubuque 
Office of Graduate and Adult Studies
2000 University Avenue 
Dubuque, IA 52001 
Phone: 563.589.3246

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