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The human side of business
According to Forbes Magazine, the top 3 skills employers look for in high-performing employees are the abilities to work in teams, make sound decisions, and communicate effectively at all levels. The KU Master's in Communication Studies is a 10-course graduate degree program that helps you master all 3 using research-based, workplace-proven strategies and skills.

"Everything that succeeds or fails within an organizations is due to communication." --Merritt Engel, '01 alum & President of Merrigan & Co.

This advanced business-related degree focuses on the human side of business. Courses provide research-based insights and actionable frameworks that will help make you a sought-after workplace asset.  You'll learn communication skills and strategies for tackling today’s toughest challenges related to leadership, team-building, and organizational culture. It's an in-depth study of communication practices and processes that will help you make your organization more successful.

The 30-hour, 10 course curriculum integrates research, theory, and practice to provide you with a unique and powerful communication skillset. You'll explore how to craft targeted verbal, nonverbal, electronic and written messages, while asking the right bigger-picture questions to help your team work through:.

  • Communicating the same message to different audiences
  • Learning and using communication technologies to effectively bridge distance
  • Communicating organizational change through stakeholder-based messaging
  • Navigating organizational cultures
  • Team formation and communicating with professionally diverse virtual teams
  • Handling coworker conflicts and workplace bullying
  • Delivering difficult messages--and more

"I use my communication skills to virtually and situationally lead a team of 8 supervisors and 256 Virtual Instructors in 50 states. It requires communication to guide, develop, and lead at a distance, many times without direct power or influence." --Shawn Sheffler, '04 alum & Manager, Virtual Classroom, H&R Block

You will learn how to share information and create greater understanding among colleagues --both internally and externally. Skills taught apply to communicating with internal peers, teams, managers, and leaders – as well as external stakeholders including customers, vendors, partners, regulators, and media. These competencies are the core of organizational decision-making, team-building, problem-solving, and addressing organizational crises.

Learning designed around your needs

This graduate degree program on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park is designed for mid-career, full-time working professionals. Students come from business, non-profit, health care and the public sector, as well as a variety of other backgrounds. What they have in common is real-life experience that enriches discussions and encourages networking.

Evening and online courses are taught by faculty with PhDs from top national programs in organizational communication. In addition, these professionals have an average of 10+ years of "real world" industry experience in consulting, advertising, employee communication, training and development, and health care.

KCMetro students who are Missouri residents living in these 11 Missouri counties are eligible for in-state tuition while earning this graduate degree on the KU Edwards campus. http://edwardscampus.ku.edu/MetroKC

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Cost per credit hour
Resident or MetroKC Nonresident
$521.40 $1,063.65

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Dan Mueller
Transfer Program Coordinator/Advisor