Department of Communications

Organizational Communications

Have Questions?

Graduate Program Coordinator

Adrian Krishnasamy

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator for Organizational Communications


MLK Jr. Communication Arts Center, Room 0263

Reach Out

Request more information >

Contact Us >

Advance Your Career With a Master of Arts in Organizational Communications

We know that strong leaders are good communicators and use their voices to lead. The Master of Arts degree in organizational communications prepares you for responsible leadership positions in public, private and nonprofit organizations. 

Get hands-on experience through state–of–the art TV and radio facilities and produce publications like the campus newspaper and magazine. With an advanced communications degree from Bowie State, you can pursue  opportunities anywhere you  go. 

Apply Now >

Why an Organizational Communications Master’s Degree? 

Develop a foundation of the managerial and analytical techniques you’ll need to navigate the world of corporate communications, public affairs, lobbying and telecommunications theory and policy. You’ll gain working knowledge of how to solve organizational problems, including crisis communications planning. With support from and access to experienced faculty, expect exclusive hands-on learning opportunities and mentorship.

Network with guest lecturing professionals living in nearby Baltimore and Washington, D.C., who work in news, entertainment, sports, broadcasting and public relations. You’ll gain insights from their experiences as you consider national and international perspectives around policymaking and communications solutions.

What Can You Expect?

Develop an expertise that allows you to connect across industries as you engage in brand management and reputation building. Gain skills that encompass marketing and public relations with an emphasis on strong writing and communication skills. Receive expert instruction from professors with national and international as they mentor you through classes and prepare you for the next step in your career. 

The organizational communications program is a 12-course degree program, totaling 36 credit hours. There are two options — thesis and non-thesis:

  • Thesis option: Dive into communications theory, publishing your own research and implications to an academic or wider audience. Write, synthesize info and defend your thesis.
  • Non-thesis option: If investigating and analyzing is a better fit, choose our non-thesis research option. You’ll analyze a topic, create your own methodology and take a comprehensive exam.

Take up to 12 credit hours a semester with special eight-week courses offered on a semester-to-semester basis. 


Build Your Career Skills on Campus

Access campus resources such as Bowie State’s Bulldog Nation Radio and BSU-TV and work on high-quality media productions of campus projects, sporting and special events, as well as community and educational programs.

Develop an understanding of media production working on the student magazine, FLOW magazine, or hone digital publishing skills at The Spectrum, Bowie State’s student newspaper. 

Network with peers by joining the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) or the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Each semester we have mental health days, where the university will cancel classes for the day so we can de-stress. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, and BSU has counseling services available for students.

- Kennedy Walker 

Career Outlooks

Alumni hold leadership roles throughout the United States and abroad, making an impact in South Korea, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Our graduates are prepared for careers in public policy, public relations and affairs, telecommunications, communications consultancy and organizational development.

Graduate Fellowships

Make your graduate experience affordable by applying for fellowships within Bowie State and from public and private funding sources. You can expect a cost-of-living stipend and health insurance, and sometimes coverage of expenses related to professional development, such as fees for academic conferences. 

Explore Available Fellowships >


    Department News

    Keep up with the latest department events and news items. You can see what alumni are working on now, learn about Bowie State initiatives and see the latest public and private partnerships. 


    Meet Faculty and Staff

    Get to know the expert faculty and staff who’ll be instructing you throughout your time at Bowie State. Build connections, ask for mentorship and receive guidance as you prepare to embark on your career.