Washburn University is creating a new pathway for aspiring leaders with a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership. The program is scheduled to launch in time for the fall 2016 semester. The program can be completed entirely online and will be offered in eight-week modules to provide a flexible schedule for working professionals. The MA in Communications and Leadership program is 30 credit hours and can be completed in two years.
“This program is a great step for Washburn University,” said Washburn President Jerry Farley. “In a constantly changing, global society we need diverse leaders who have the knowledge and skills for continuous improvement.”
The Master’s in Communication and Leadership will allow professionals in all disciplines the opportunity to expand their leadership and communication skills. With courses focused on strategic management communication, conflict communication, and communication in organizations, those who complete the program will be well-positioned to fill leadership roles in their career fields. Leadership, teamwork, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities are the attributes most desired by employers, and Washburn’s interdisciplinary program will provide the opportunity for students to learn and excel in these areas of focus.
With courses such as “Communication in Conflict and Negotiation,” and “Seminar in Management Communication,” students will graduate the program with a thorough knowledge of organizational communication and leadership. All program faculty hold a Ph.D. and have real-world experience in their areas of focus. The Leadership Studies instructors are all senior administrators with decades of leadership experience and all have taught leadership courses in the past.
“Washburn is in a wonderful position to offer this new curriculum,” said Kathy Menzie, chair of the Communication Studies department. “Washburn has a strong communications program with knowledgeable professors who have years of practical experience in their fields. They will be able to teach students from the viewpoint of seasoned professional communicators.”
Enrollment for the program has just opened and interested persons can apply for admission to the program continuously. For more information, visit http://www.washburn.edu/academics/college-schools/arts-sciences/departments/communication/Masters-Communication-Leadership.html.