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Degree Plan & Requirements

Whether your long-term career goals include leadership in a company or nonprofit, or enjoying the creative independence of communication consulting, an MBC degree delivers the expertise, skills and network of professional contacts that can take you there.

MBC student receives her graduation hood

Students choose the UST MBC for a variety of reasons.

  • Communicators expand their communication expertise into a solid knowledge of business.
  • Business managers extend their business experience into communications-related functions.
  • Professionals from other fields acquire the power of strategic communication to drive productivity in any enterprise.

Degree Plan

A candidate for a Master of Business Communication degree will complete 15 three-credit courses. 

Nine required courses provide a broad business knowledge base and six electives offer opportunity for study in specialized areas of communication.

Core Courses (9 required)

Principles of Economic Analysis (GBEC 515)
Communication Ethics (BETH 525)
Management of Organizational Behavior (MGMT 600)
Marketing Management (MKTG 600)
Financial Accounting (ACCT 601)
Data Analysis and Decision Making (OPMT 601)
Communication Research (BCOM 610)
Communication Law (BLAW 710)
Capstone: Communication Leadership Priorities (BCOM 805)

When a required course repeats learning already completed in undergraduate courses, a student may apply to waive a requirement (through test-outs and transcript evaluation) and substitute another course.

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Electives (6 required)

These are the courses that make each degree unique. A degree student chooses six electives from the full UST MBC curriculum to complete the degree plan. One student may choose an area of concentration while another will select a variety of courses to broaden his or her knowledge. Each degree plan should reflect the student's own goals.

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Course Sequence

Most courses may be taken in the order that you judge most appropriate for professional and personal development. Course numbering does not dictate course sequence, although some courses carry prerequisites or a recommended sequence. Talk to an advisor about the best sequence for you.

Capstone Course

Communication Leadership Priorities (BCOM 805) is taken as one of the final courses. The course uses cases to explore the challenges faced by 21st century communications professionals as business leaders. Through an applied research project, students will explore in depth a crucial business/communication problem or issue that requires definition, research and analysis.

Skills Courses

Students admitted with quantitative scores below the 40th percentile on the GMAT or GRE may be required to complete MBA Math as a part of their MBC degree plan.

Degree Completion

A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 is required to earn the UST MBC degree. You must complete your degree in seven calendar years. Continuous enrollment is expected during fall and spring semesters. If you must interrupt your studies, you are required to request a leave of absence and provide a concrete plan for timely resumption.

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