IUPUI applied communication degree program wins national award
Kristina Sheeler View print-quality image
November 30, 2012
- Diane Brown
- Gen Shaker
School of Liberal Arts
INDIANAPOLIS -- A premier professional association has named a degree program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as the nation’s top Master of Arts program.
The National Communication Association has selected the Master of Arts in applied communication degree program at IUPUI as the top Master of Arts program for 2012-13. The degree is offered by the Department of Communication Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
Given by the professional association’s master’s education section, the award recognizes programs that demonstrate “excellent quality in developing research and teaching and that mentor students well in their personal and professional growth.” The National Communication Association presented the award during its annual meeting in Orlando earlier this month.
The Master of Arts in applied communication degree program, which began in 2003 with four enrolled students, offers both applied and theoretical approaches to study. The program has grown since its inception, graduating a record high of 14 students last spring and welcoming 24 new students -- from around the country and world -- this fall.
“This award comes from the premier professional association in communication studies in the United States -- a true mark of distinction recognizing the excellence of our master’s degree program," said William Blomquist, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. "It confirms our confidence in and our appreciation of the superb faculty and staff in our Department of Communication Studies and the work they do with and on behalf of our students.
“One of the hallmarks of our master’s programs in the School of Liberal Arts is the blending of rigorous academic preparation with practical experience, and the program in applied communication epitomizes that approach to graduate education. We all congratulate our communication studies colleagues on this well-deserved honor.”
The program’s innovations and curriculum led reviewers to give it high marks. Opportunities for students in the degree program include partnerships with organizations in the community, allowing students to apply their skills to solve communication challenges. Students also have a chance to work with international groups like the World Health Organization and to collaborate with universities in Russia, Poland and Macedonia.
Students graduate the program prepared for a professional career or further studies at the Ph.D. level.
“This award is testament to the hard work of the faculty and staff of the Department of Communication Studies and the national and international impact of our Master of Arts alumni in just 10 short years,” said Kristina Horn Sheeler, associate professor and chair of the department. “It is wonderful to have this external recognition by our national association and disciplinary peers. We are honored to receive this award and excited for what the future holds.”