In this age of global, instantaneous communication, people who can gather data, translate it clearly and accurately, then present it dynamically and persuasively are in great demand. Communication is the fastest growing career field in the world, according to the Institute for International Education. Communication skills are essential to success in every career. It is estimated that 75 percent of a person's day is spent in communication. Therefore, Hawai'i Pacific University's graduate degree builds successfully upon undergraduate degrees in every discipline and enhances success in any endeavor. The Master of Arts in Communication provides an interdisciplinary approach integrating skills, theory, and knowledge. Critical thinking is stressed in each course so that graduates will be prepared for rapid change in communication industries. The MA/COM prepares students for doctoral study, or careers in advertising, mass media, public relations, entertainment, broadcast or print journalism, the Internet, or education. Students develop critical thinking and analytical ability. Epistemology is emphasized throughout the curriculum and students will be able to gather primary data, conduct analysis, and apply their findings to the creation and implementation of communication programs. They will be able to express their ideas logically, clearly, concisely, and dynamically both in writing and through the spoken word. They will also appreciate the social, political, economic, and cultural implications of media on world markets.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities