Master of Arts in Leadership, Communication Emphasis

Master of Arts in Leadership, Communication Emphasis

Communication Leadership Career Opportunities

  • Management Consultant
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Corporate Spokesperson
  • Public Relations
  • Manager Marketing Manager
  • Non-Profit Director
  • College Professor
  • Communications Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Sales Manager
  • Politician

Become an Exceptional Leader and Communicator

Visionary leaders who have the ability to communicate are valued in any industry. When you earn a Master of Arts in leadership with a communication concentration from Mid-America Christian University (MACU) in Oklahoma City, you’ll have the skills necessary to be an ethical leader and an exceptional communicator–with the knowledge to apply those skills in a wide variety of upper-level positions in corporations, nonprofits, government, military, politics and more. 

A master’s degree in leadership with a communication emphasis gives MACU graduates a competitive edge. Overall employment of top executives is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, communication skills top the list of soft skills that companies look for in the 21st-century workplace. 

Our Christ-centered education gives students a strong foundation that will help them grow in their spiritual life. MACU is accredited through the Higher Learning  Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of  Colleges and Schools (NCA). 

MACU’s MA in Leadership with Communication Emphasis

MACU’s Master of Arts in leadership program with a communication emphasis develops students into tomorrow’s executives and business leaders through courses that focus on organizational culture, training, leadership theory, problem-solving and decision-making. The online program emphasizes strategies for leading ethical and practical change, preparing students to manage rapidly-expanding work environments in today’s marketplace.

While some communication skills come naturally, the communication emphasis will help you sharpen or develop others that are essential in professional settings. You will graduate as a servant leader who is an expert at oral and written communication skills, equipped to manage yourself and others, able to identify and offer solutions to organizational problems and successfully initiate positive change in any setting. 

REQUIRED COURSES FOR COMMUNICATION EMPHASIS:

COMM 5113 Global Marketing and Strategic Networking
COMM 5213 Media Methods and Content Creation
COMM 5233 Graphic Design and Portfolio Management
ML 5353 Decision Making

Program Information

Online MA in Leadership with Communication Emphasis: An Accelerated, Affordable Program for Busy Professionals

MACU has offered online master’s degree programs since 2008, helping adult learners pursue their professional goals while balancing busy careers and family lives. Although this degree is offered completely online, select courses may be offered on campus depending on student interest and faculty ability. 

While enjoying the flexibility and affordability of the online program, we’re confident that you’ll never feel like a number but you will feel like a part of our MACU community. Our professors are passionate about teaching and sharing their real-life business experiences, and they’re committed to providing you with individual attention and the support you’ll need to succeed. As an online master’s degree student, here are some of the benefits you’ll appreciate:

  • Small class sizes 
  • No GMAT required for entrance
  • One six-week course at a time, in consecutive order
  • Career networking opportunities
  • Special benefits and application of eligible service credits for veterans and active military 

MACU Prepares Christian Leaders to Make a Positive Impact in the World

While preparing our students for professional success in the ever-changing global community, we provide many opportunities for growth in our shared Christian faith through a Christ-centered curriculum and spiritual-based extracurriculars and groups. We aim to prepare effective and ethical servant leaders who foster trust, accountability and a welcoming, productive workplace–and make a positive impact on the world and those around them. 

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Courses

MGMT 5113

Organizational Behavior

This course introduces the theories of behavior in human management. A critical analysis is performed on the contributions to the organizational behavior discipline and its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of culture development, time management, job design, change, motivation, leadership development, communication, small group dynamics, and negotiation in the business setting.

COMM 5103

Advanced Professional Communication and Leadership Practicum

Advanced Professional Communication Leadership will provide a dynamic range of oral, written, and digital communication opportunities that will enhance student experience through diverse presentation methods. The course will posit opportunities for students to employ concepts, strategies, and content selected from individual areas of interest and adapt these labors into public and/or digital performances that demonstrate applied skills across multiple modalities.

ML 5143

Leadership Theory and Practice

This course explores the history and development of leadership theory as in the students’ current organizational settings. Although leadership and management are not the same, they are often confused. The unique features of each are studied along with practical application of case studies of current leaders as well as from history. Managers develop subordinates, leaders develop followers, and the most highly successful leaders develop leaders. Students will evaluate their own leadership style using the Leadership Practices Inventory developed by Kouzes and Posner. Students will gain hands-on experience by analyzing their performance in a current or new leadership role.

ML 5163

Training and Development

This course addresses the core aspects of instructional systems design as applied to workforce learning and performance. Learners apply key principles involved in assessing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating employee development and performance improvement programs. Learners gain hands-on experience by creating an active training event.

ML 5243

Leading Change

Leaders often attempt changes that they believe are critical to the survival of the organization only to find those changes are resisted by the very people the leader is attempting to help. People’s response to change depends on the degree to which they understand the need for change, are involved in the change process, and understand the implications the change has for their roles. This class explores the processes necessary to identify the need for change using appropriate models, plan the process of change, obtain authorization for the change and motivate the appropriate stakeholders to ensure success.

ML 6023

Integrative Leadership Project

This course serves as a capstone for the MA Leadership program. Students will complete an application project related to their emphasis and field of interest.

ML 5263

The Adult Learner

Learners explore the basic theories and current research in adult education. This class draws from both adult development and adult education to explore the stages of human development, issues concerning adult learning ability, how and why adults learn, and how to make sure that learning has taken place.

ML 5273

Nonprofit Leadership

This course examines the unique leadership challenges and opportunities presented in nonprofit organizations. Students will learn about the nature of the nonprofit sector and gain perspectives on management, financial, leadership, and governance issues facing nonprofits.

ML 5343

Financial Development and Resource Management

Leaders must be able to find the money to fund the budget for the planned programs to accomplish the mission of the group they are leading. Funding, budgeting, and financial accountability are prerequisites to success in any organization. This class explores the skills necessary for budgeting, stewardship, donor development, funding, accountability and ethical use of resources. While not an accounting course, the differences between for-profit, not-for-profit, and cash flow accounting requirements are explored.

ML 5353

Decision Making

Leaders must be able to find the money to fund the budget for the planned programs to accomplish the mission of the group they are leading. Funding, budgeting, and financial accountability are prerequisites to success in any organization. This class explores the skills necessary for budgeting, stewardship, donor development, funding, accountability and ethical use of resources. While not an accounting course, the differences between for-profit, not-for-profit, and cash flow accounting requirements are explored.

COMM 5113

Global Marketing and Strategic Networking

Global Marketing and Strategic Networking will expand knowledge and familiarity with cross-cultural, digital, and global marketing trends. Students will connect with and hear from international voices. Ultimately, the course’s educational journey embraces experiential learning as a mechanism to broaden knowledge of contemporary
transnational practices and perspectives

COMM 5213

Media Methods and Content Creation

In Media Methods and Content Creation, students will gain exposure to a wide range of media production techniques. Course content is designed to immerse students in a rigorous exposure of classical and contemporary theory and methods that deepen understanding of digital communication and media conceptualization, production, and distribution methods and philosophies. Students will be tasked with
completing basic media production practices.

COMM 5233

Graphic Design and Portfolio Management

Graphic Design and Portfolio Management provides a crucial link to an increasing market demand for specialization with digital media tools. Students will learn about an array of graphic design approaches, receive training and tutorials to strengthen familiarity and experience using digital tools. Finally, the course provides a space to cultivate and manage a creative content portfolio.


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