Master of Communication Leadership

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Program Overview

Drake University’s Master of Communication Leadership (M.C.L.) program is a unique program that prepares communications professionals for leadership positions in an ever-changing media and communications environment. It combines the study of communications with coursework in business and public administration to create a broad-based and practical preparation for a challenging future. It is a 36-credit program and is designed for part-time study; it can be completed in two years, including summers.


Program Requirements

Students must complete 18 credits of M.C.L courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and 12 credits in the College of Business and Public Administration. The remaining six credits can be completed with either approved M.C.L. or business electives.

Course Credits
Required Courses 24
MCL 201 - Communication Leadership Strategies 3
MCL 202 - Communications Social Responsibility 3
MCL 203 - Applied Communication Theory and Research 3
MCL 204 - Innovation and Change in Contemporary Communication 3
MCL 205 - Financial Literacy for Communication Leaders 1.5
MCL 206 - Emerging Media Strategies 1.5
MCL 207 - Communication Leadership Capstone - Students also can apply to write a thesis. 3
MBA 240 - Values and Ethics in Decision-Making 3
MBA 254 - Leadership and Human Capital Development 3
Recommended Courses in Journalism and Mass Communication
MCL 299 - Special Topics - A mix of courses offered on a revolving schedule, on topics such as Women and Leadership; Translating Leadership Into the Written Word; Crisis Communication; Organizational Management; The Mentor Gap; Reinvention Strategies; Employee Communications; Leading Diverse Populations; Creativity Seminar; Small Group Dynamics; Leading Technological Change; Preparing Written Reports and Oral Presentations. 1.5
Recommended Courses from the College of Business and Public Administration  
BUS 212 - Executive Leadership 3
BUS 298 - Creativity in Business 3
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Performance 3
MBA 251 - Creating Customer Value 3
MPA 215 - Changing Environment and Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
MGMT 286 - Project Management 3
MKTG 275 - Sales Management 3
MKTG 291 - Services Marketing 3
PADM 282 - Comparative Management in a Global Environment 3
Other CBPA courses with advisor approval  
Optional Workshop (No credit hours and not required for degree program)  
BUS 205 - Dardis Communications' Leadership Essentials Workshop - Dardis Communications is a recognized leader in providing individuals with the communication skills needed to lead, influence, and inform others. Their highly interactive workshops involve one-on-one coaching in the core competencies of presentation skills, selling skills, and professional image in a results-oriented atmosphere. These concrete skills offer a competitive edge by providing you with the skills to consistently lead, influence and inform others. The workshop meets over two days, Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 0

2017-2018 Drake University Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog

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