Overview

The Master of Science in Communication with a concentration in Public Speaking equips students with the skills of oral communication and presentation, which are essential across any organization in today's highly competitive environment. Through our interactive courses, you will develop the skills needed to speak and present clearly, coherently, and persuasively on a variety of scales: to an individual colleague or client; with small groups such as a team meeting; and before large audiences.

Curriculum

The MS in Communications with a concentration in Public Speaking is a flexible curriculum that advances students' professional interests and goals through hybrid and online formats.

The curriculum includes a capstone in which you can choose 1 out of 4 options: professional internship, comprehensive exam, thesis, or special study project.  

The program is structured as followed:

  • 36 credits are required, of which up to 6 may be waived based on prior academic work.
    • 21 credits (7 courses) comprise the core offerings.
    • 9 required concentration credits (3 courses)
    • 6 related elective credits (2 courses) Students may take any courses offered at the graduate level to fulfill their elective credits.
COM726
Public Speaking
3 credits
COM727
Professional Presentations
3 credits
COM728
Advanced Public Speaking
3 credits
COM701
Communication, Ethics & Society
3 credits
COM702
Organizational Communication
3 credits
COM703
Communication Research
3 credits
COM705
Media Relations
3 credits
COM709
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
3 credits
COM738
Persuasion & Public Opinion
3 credits
COM796
Comprehensive Examination
3 credits
COM797
Thesis
3 credits
COM798
Special Study Project
3 credits
COM799
Professional Internship
3 credits

Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Communication graduate degree or certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission. The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework*
  3. A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
  4. Resume

*A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates with fewer than 3 years of professional work experience.

Materials can be provided through MyPortal or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu.