M.A. in Communication - Career & Professional Opportunities

macom_students09Almost all fields require people with excellent communication skills. Advanced study of communication at Fairfield will help you enhance and/or develop such skills as:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Persuasion
  • Professional and academic writing
  • Public speaking/oral presentation

Through Fairfield's M.A. in Communication program, you'll develop skills for more effective communication within organizations, teams, and small groups. You'll also gain a greater understanding of communication institutions as well as communication in different cultural contexts. Finally, you'll sharpen your research skills and learn how to apply communication theory in the context of real-world issues and problems through:

  • Understanding, interpreting, and extending previous research
  • Learning research techniques (e. g., content analysis, survey techniques, experimental techniques, qualitative techniques)
  • Analyzing data
  • Synthesizing all of the above to produce original research

Fields that have traditionally sought out those with advanced training in communication include journalism, media industries, public relations and advertising, and online communication. Students with advanced training in theory, research methods, and practical application can consider using their new and enhanced skills in fields such as:

  • Communication consulting
  • Communication education/Preparation for Ph. D. work
  • Communication training
  • Community affairs
  • Consumer research
  • Corporate/organizational communication
  • Educational leadership and communication
  • Environmental communication
  • Health communication
  • Human resources
  • Management leadership and training
  • Mediation
  • Non-profit communication
  • Public information
  • Public opinion research
  • Sales and sales training
  • Social and human services
  • Strategic communication

Learn more about how the University's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.