M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies (COML)
The online or on-campus Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies Program is designed to provide graduate-level expertise for solving communication problems in modern organizations and social systems from a communication and leadership perspective. By their very nature, organizations depend upon complex communication functions for effective operation using formal and informal–and increasingly technologically-based–communication networks.What is likely to distinguish the 21st Century from the 20th is the unprecedented degree to which communication and information technology enable creation of active networks linking individuals, functions and organizations that exchange messages and data on a regular basis.
This degree builds upon the historic tradition of rhetoric as the cornerstone of a Jesuit education and lays the groundwork for high-leverage skills in communication and leadership that work in today’s complex world. This program combines classic theories with applied learning that is relevant in its depiction of the latest workplace developments. The program is grounded in scientific and humanistic theory and methodology, global communication and ethics.
Over 50% of Gonzaga COML graduates report that they took on new work responsibilities, and 32% indicated that they were promoted within the first year of earning their degree. Gonzaga graduates excel, and it doesn’t take long for employers to see the value of a Gonzaga degree.
The COML degree is ideal for those seeking leadership in the following fields:
- Corporate communications
- Public relations
- Public service
- Media management and media criticism
- Broadcasting and news media
- Non-profit organizations
- Health care
- Human resources
- Strategic planning
- Training and consulting
- Media literacy
- Community college teaching or
- Doctoral work in Communication
The program is designed for individuals such as recent graduates, small business owners, managers, directors, specialists, program managers, account managers, owners, and associates. Gonzaga graduates are employed in a variety of capacities by organizations such as Boeing, Target, Caterpillar Inc., Google, NBC Universal, Fox TV, IKEA, Microsoft, Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s, Disneyland, Verizon, T-Mobile, United Airlines, Red Cross, YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Kaiser Permanente, and all branches of the U. S. military.
Named “Most Innovative Program” by the National Communication Association, this flexible program allows students the ability to gain an advanced education on their own terms: online, on campus or a combination of the two.
The Communication and Leadership Studies master’s degree is designed to meet the needs and schedules of working adults as well as continuing students from undergraduate programs. Flexible scheduling, weekend, evening, and internet courses are offered. The program consists of 36 semester credits. Distinctive features of the M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies are as follows: a unique blend of communication and leadership theory, a thesis option for those seeking to go on to doctoral work in Communication, the new Center for Media Literacy Excellence, a range of Visiting Scholars and Professionals who visit to discuss cutting-edge work in communication and leadership, intensive periods where workshops are held to develop practical communication skills in speaking, writing and multi-media design, internship and service-learning possibilities for students who need practical experience, and opportunities for foreign study for students to gain global media and communication experience.
Gonzaga’s Communication & Leadership Studies Department is a proud partner in the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media – an organization committed to monitoring the influence of news and entertainment media on our society, educating the community about this influence, and working with media professionals to influence the industry to act responsibly in helping create a thriving cultural environment for all. For more information on the NW-ARM, upcoming events, and how to support the organization visit the website or join the discussion on their Facebook page.