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Communication Studies, specialization in Organizational Leadership


Program Overview

An online Master of Arts in Communication Studies with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from The University of Alabama can help you develop a deep understanding of the theory and strategy behind impactful, decisive communication.

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Communicate and lead more effectively with an online master's degree in Communication Studies.

Whether you want to move up in your company or make a career change, the master’s in Communication Studies with a specialization in Organizational Leadership online program is designed to help you understand the role that communication plays in our social, personal, and organizational lives. Learn how to foster effective leadership and improve group and interpersonal dynamics.

The curriculum provides you with the opportunity to study both theoretical and applied aspects of public discussion, negotiation, group and team dynamics, and interpersonal communication. Through the Organizational Leadership specialization, you will gain additional skills that are directly applicable to any workplace.

  • Application Priority DeadlineJuly 1 for fall cohort; November 1 for spring cohort; April 1 for summer cohort


The online MA in Communication Studies with a specialization in Organizational Leadership, consists of 30 credit hours of coursework, including 12 hours within the specialization. The program has no advanced math requirements. Students may complete the master’s in Communication Studies online program in less than two years by taking two classes per semester.

Students should take COM 500 in their first term and COM 580 in their final term, but all other courses may be taken in any order. A suggested progression including all courses is below, but please note courses are subject to change and course availability may vary by term.

  • COM 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • COM 571 Seminar in Organizational Communication
  • COM 561 Human Communication Theory OR COM 563 Relational Communication
  • COM 560 Group Leadership
  • COM 555 Conflict and Negotiation
  • COM 550 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COM 525 Gender and Political Communication
  • COM 572 Organizational Assessment and Intervention
  • COM 513 Communication and Diversity OR COM 575 Technology, Culture and Human Communication
  • COM 580 Capstone Seminar

*As a program requirement, students will give a public presentation of their work, typically in their last term as part of a graduate student showcase.

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog. Scroll down to Organizational Leadership emphasis.


Applications are accepted year-round. To be considered for regular admission, students must meet the following admission requirement:

  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a completed Graduate School application by July 1 for fall enrollment, Nov. 1 for spring enrollment and April 1 for summer enrollment. These are priority deadlines, and strong applicants may be accepted after these dates if space is available. A completed Graduate School application must include the following:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Three academic references – Provide the name and email for each reference. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Admissions information from the Department of Communication Studies.

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