Master of Professional Communication MAPC

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Southern Utah University’s Master of Professional Communication degree program equips you with the knowledge you need to succeed in one of today’s most exciting and rapidly evolving fields – one that is rich in career opportunity. SUU’s master’s program is an applied program, meaning it is specifically designed for those who are either actively working in the communications field or planning to enter it.

Through the MAPC, you will gain skills in all areas of communication, including social media, web, print, radio, and television. You will learn to manage an organization’s image and brand, and develop strong presentation skills, an area that businesses indicate much of today’s workforce lacks. The culmination of your master’s program will be the capstone experience, which will be your choice of three possible undertakings:

  • Develop a conference length master’s thesis paper on a timely communications topic
  • Complete a professional project such as creating a software application, writing a book, or developing a manual
  • Gain advanced industry experience through an internship or apprenticeship

Previous capstone experiences have included such accomplishments as working in the U.S. Embassy in Brazil and joining the team in the head office of a social media department for a 13 million member worldwide organization. The possibilities are broad and exciting, and your instructors will work with you to find the opportunity that offers you the best potential for career and professional growth.

By the time you complete your 36-credit Master of Professional Communication degree program, you will be ready to excel as a leader in any organization’s communication, marketing, or public relations department.

Why Choose SUU for Your Masters of Professional Communications Degree Studies?

  • Through the Southern Utah University MAPC degree program you will develop excellent communication skills that you can apply immediately to advance in your career.
  • Instructors in the MAPC program have extensive real world communication experience working in promotions, videography, TV, print journalism, radio, photography, and public relations.
  • SUU's small master’s classes allow your professors to get to know you well and provide personal career guidance and mentoring.
  • The MAPC program is available on campus in Cedar City, Utah, and as an online master’s program. There is also a hybrid option that includes both online courses and campus experiences.
  • SUU operates the Speech and Presentation Center that provides ghost writing, help with speech planning and organization, and has consulted on speeches for CEOs and state senators.

Career and Salary Potential for Master of Professional Communication Graduates

The career opportunities open to MAPC graduates are as broad as the field of communication itself and include positions of responsibility in such areas as marketing, government, audience research, event planning, marketing promotion, social media management, television management, technical writing, and training. Entrance into a doctoral program is also a door that is open to the MAPC graduate.

There is a broad range of salaries available within communications, largely dictated by the company size, position held, and region of the country. These are average annual earnings for a few communications careers of the hundreds of positions available nationwide:

  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers: $115,750
  • Technical Writers: $65,500
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners: $45,810

MAPC Graduate Courses You May Take

  • Professional Writing and Presentations – Strengthen and enhance your writing and presentation skills. Prepare funding proposals, executive plans, narrative histories, organizational descriptions, web sites, and marketing materials. Learn techniques for working with HTML to develop Internet applications and effective strategies for persuasive oral presentations.
  • Qualitative Applications for Communication Research – Examine the fundamentals and relative strengths of various research designs, done with their associated theoretical bases and specific applications of the most common qualitative research methods in communication.
  • Social Media – Explore all the major social media platforms, SEO, responsive web design, and blogging. The class includes development and promotion of a blog (content creation and curation), SME on six platforms, proper use of listening and aggregation tools, development of an organizational SM plan with objectives, strategies, tactics, measurement, reputation, and ROI.

Master of Professional Communication Admissions Requirements

MAPC Degree Requirements

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Program Contact: Dr. Matthew Barton
Phone: 435-586-7970

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Meet Master of Professional Communication Graduate

Name: Robert De Poe

Graduated: Class of 2008

Current job: President, Salish Kootenai College

"The Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree at SUU gave me the credentials to progress as a professional and opened up many opportunities. My greatest experience in the program was mingling and sitting next to other people that were not only students but actual professionals working in a variety of fields. Learning and forging relationships with these outstanding individuals changed the way I do business.

I enjoyed the flexibility of the program and the opportunity to work on projects that I felt would best help me expand my knowledge and experience. I didn’t want my capstone project to be a piece of work that sat on a self and collected dust but I wanted to do something that would make a difference. The professors that I worked with guided me and let me develop the project that I wanted to do. My project is still being used today."

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