Program Overview

The way we communicate is changing rapidly. For those working in communication careers, mastering these shifts in communication technology is imperative for career success. Point Park University is offering students advanced knowledge of this dynamic field with the online Master of Arts in Communication Technology degree.

Curriculum Overview

Focused on career preparedness, our curriculum fosters relevant skills in this evolving field, including social media, integrated marketing and search engine optimization. Each of our courses is developed and taught by professionals with years of industry expertise to provide students with real-world knowledge and experience that they can easily apply to the workplace. Our supportive environment is designed to help working students succeed, with personal attention and flexible classes and a nurturing community of peers and professionals.

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  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2-3 Years
  • Credit Hours:36 Hours
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$595

Available Concentrations

Applied Practices

With an emphasis on the role and impact of technology in our society, the applied practices concentration offers students training in visual communication, web publishing and global communication. This program is ideal for those interested in a Ph.D. program, but still maintains career-focused courses.

Social Media

Social media has fundamentally altered the communication field, and this concentration seeks to train students to take advantage of it. With courses in analytics, strategic communication and campaign planning, you will be prepared to build a career in this growing area.

Core Courses (12 credit hours)
  • JOUR 515 Communication Theory
  • JOUR 518 Communication Law & Regulation
  • JOUR 519 Media Ethics & Responsibilities
  • JOUR 593 Applied Mass Communication Research Methods
Applied Practices Concentration (12 credit hours)
Take two courses from:
  • JOUR 511 Visual Communication Technology
  • JOUR 513 Social Media
  • JOUR 516 Technology Mediated Comm OR JOUR 517 Global Communication OR JOUR 545 Comm, Technology & Culture
Take two courses from:
  • PHOT 501 Digital Photo Editing OR JOUR 529 Video Production and Editing
  • JOUR 507 Desktop/Electronic Publishing OR JOUR 550 Web Publishing and Editing
Social Media Concentration (12 credit hours)
  • JOUR 513 Social Media
  • JOUR 522 Social Media Crisis & Strategic Communications
  • JOUR 564 Social Media Analytics & SEO
  • JOUR 573 Social Media Campaigns
Electives (6 credit hours):
Choose two courses from:
  • JOUR 503 Writing & Editing in the Journalistic Style
  • JOUR 520 Print Graphics
  • JOUR 530 Creativity & Managing Creative People
  • JOUR 536 Advertising and PR Graphics
  • JOUR 538 Integrated Marketing Communications
  • JOUR 540 Freelance Communications and Consulting
  • JOUR 551 Graduate Internship I
  • JOUR 595 Special Topics (by approval)
Thesis or Professional Track Requirement
  • JOUR 597 Thesis I
  • JOUR 598 Thesis II
  • Or take two courses from:
  • JOUR 591 Directed Readings
  • JOUR 592 Publication Project
  • JOUR 594 Directed Research

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s Master of Arts in Communication Technology online program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official transcripts.
  3. To submit your transcripts, print and complete the official transcript request form and fax it to 1-800-473-2512.
  4. Submit letters of recommendation from current or former professors or employers.
  5. Submit a resume and/or examples of professional work in mass communication professions.
  6. Submit a 500-word statement explaining your motivation and expected benefit in attaining this degree.

Career Outcomes

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $52,370 in 2014. A graduate degree in communication technology offers you access to this highly rewarding field through a variety of careers, including:

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Official Transcripts

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