The College of Business and Communication offers the Master of Science in Business Communication. This interdisciplinary master's program is designed to promote the communication competencies needed in the business arena. Students with interests in management, healthcare, advertising, public relations, sales, and human resources are among those who should benefit from completion of this degree program.
This program is taught on evenings and Saturdays using an accelerated format. All graduate courses in the program curriculum require students to attend six four-hour class meetings per course.
For the general admission requirements and other pertinent information, please consult the Graduate Application and Admission section in this catalog. In all cases, the application process requires the student to complete and submit a graduate application, two letters of reference, and a two-page personal essay.
Students may be admitted into the MSBC program for any session, but completed applications must be received three weeks prior to the session start date.
Successful applicants to the Master of Science in Business Communication ordinarily must have a cumulative GPA for all prior college-level course work of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Those with a GPA below 3.00 may be considered given extenuating circumstances (e.g., significant improvement in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or superior work record).
Applicants with a GPA for all prior college-level course work below 2.80 are required to submit GRE or GMAT scores, in addition to the other materials listed above, before the application will be considered. For students submitting scores, the minimum GRE scores are 500 on verbal and 400 on quantitative. The minimum GMAT score for admission to the program is 450.
Early Admission to the Master of Science in Business Communication Program
The College of Business and Communication provides an opportunity for high achieving students in the College to apply for early admission to the Master of Science in Business Communication program. Students interested in this program should consult their advisors early in their second year of school.
Early Admission Requirements
For students interested in pursuing early admission to the Master of Science in Business Communication program, the following process should be followed:
It is preferable that the 9 credit hours satisfy the 9 credit hours of general electives.
The Master of Science degree in Business Communication requires a minimum of 33 graduate semester hours. All students are required to take the following courses:
MSBC 611 Research Methods
MSBC 618 Integrated Marketing Communication
MSBC 623 Organizational Leadership
MSBC 628 Ethics and Business Decision Making
MSBC 648 Digital Communication in the Workplace
MSBC 655 Organizational Development and Change
MSBC 700 Capstone Course
All required courses are ordinarily offered at least once during each academic year to facilitate timely completion of the degree program.
In addition to the seven required courses, students are required to take four graduate Business Communication elective courses to complement the program core. They may choose one of the four concentrations listed below:
A student who takes six graduate hours per session in consecutive sessions may complete all graduate degree requirements in six sessions (approximately one academic year), if the student plans carefully and coordinates with her or his academic advisor. The student must also have a strong academic record to be in this acccelerated six session program. Otherwise, it is recommended the student complete the program over 18 months.
The Master of Science in Business Communication student fulfills all graduate course requirements in courses at Spalding University with the MSBC prefix. In rare cases, students are allowed to complete up to six graduate credit hours at Spalding in other disciplines. Written permission from the Director of the Business Communication Program is needed to take such outside courses. In all cases the burden is on the student to demonstrate that such courses are relevant to the competencies cultivated by the program.
A maximum of nine graduate transfer hours for the Master of Science in Business Communication program are permitted with the permission of the graduate director. All transfer hours must be demonstrably relevant to the competencies taught in the program.
Master of Science in Business Communication students must successfully complete all required coursework. Students will complete the Capstone Course (MSBC 700) as the culminating assessment in the program. MSBC 700 will be offered in sessions 3 and 6 to facilitate completion twice annually.
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