Communication and Leadership

About the Communication and Leadership Program

Thiel College’s 11-month Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership degree builds students’ competencies in persuasive communication and effective team management skills. Recent graduates and professionals from a variety of career paths benefit from our graduate curriculum’s emphasis on experiential leadership training that extends students’ ability to guide a team or organization.

Because of globalization and technological innovation, the leaders of tomorrow will be those who can evolve, effectively communicate, and master new skills. This master’s degree in Communication and Leadership provides the professional development courses to grow your potential as a confident professional.

Professional Development Courses

Throughout the master’s degree in Communication and Leadership, students prepare for career advancement with multiple experiential learning opportunities including an on-campus graduate assistantship. From gathering and interpreting data to refining a public relations plan, students engage in real-life scenarios likely to be encountered during their career. The courses focus on professional development in communication and teamwork, data analysis, and personal growth.

Career-Advancing Leadership Training

Our M.A. in Communication and Leadership provides students with practical skills to advance their careers in a variety of industries. Communication-focused courses enhance skills such as research assessments, presentation skills, data skills and influential messaging.The organizational leadership training explores strategic planning, ethical leadership and cultural awareness, all skills fundamental to professional advancement. This dynamic combination of coursework prepares students to grow in careers such as:

  • Sales and Marketing 
  • Non-Profit Communications 
  • Public Relations 
  • Public Policy and Advocacy 
  • Business Management 
  • Entrepreneurship

Graduate Program Goals

  • Develop decision making: In the real world, leaders are challenged to consider the needs of many diverse stakeholders in their decision-making. You will sharpen critical thinking and analytical skills, evaluate complex case studies, defend them against criticism, and justify your decisions with data.
  • Improve goal-setting capabilities: Learn to set goals, organize, and meet objectives with minimal direction—an important competency for leaders.
  • Become an effective communicator: Improve your ability to construct written arguments and focus on interpersonal communication skills to effectively communicate with peers, upper management, and external stakeholders.
  • Increase your self-awareness: Developing as a leader requires being able to identify strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint opportunities for personal improvement.
  • Gain a global perspective: In life, you’ll encounter people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Surrounding yourself with diverse views and opinions will give you a broader perspective, and open the door for you to learn from others, increase your cultural awareness, and better lead across countries and cultures.
  • Challenge your views: Successful leaders are comfortable challenging their own views to make the best and most objective decisions. By learning to step aside from your preconceived beliefs and consider the perspectives of others, you will learn to lead more inclusively.
  • Become a teamwork expert: Encouraging collaboration to solve complex problems embodies the collective nature of leadership. You’ll learn how to build and manage teams, listen to the views of others, experience different work ethics, and delegate effectively.
  • Connect the curriculum to career interests: All students receive a $27,000 grant toward their on-campus graduate assistantship that is aligned with their career interests. It’s an ideal way to cultivate skills through meaningful work and gain valuable professional experience.

Apply to Thiel's Communication and Leadership program!

At Thiel College, our Communication and Leadership degree provides students with career-advancing leadership training alongside experiential learning opportunities. Visit the Apply tab to learn more about the application process. Apply online today

Elizabeth Frombgen, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Frombgen, Ph.D. efrombgen@thiel.edu

Program Director, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College

724-589-2200

David R. Buck, Ph.D.
David R. Buck, Ph.D. dbuck@thiel.edu

Associate Professor of History

724-589-2248

Daniel F. Eppley, Ph.D.
Daniel F. Eppley, Ph.D. deppley@thiel.edu

Professor of Religion

724-589-2271

Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D.
Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D. mthall@thiel.edu

Professor of English

724-589-2154

Jared Hanneman, Ph.D.
Jared Hanneman, Ph.D. jhanneman@thiel.edu

Associate Professor of Sociology

724-589-2225

Lana V. Kulik, Ph.D.
Lana V. Kulik, Ph.D. skulikova@thiel.edu

Assistant Professor of Communication

724-589-2863

Michael McKinney ’02
Michael McKinney ’02 mmckinney@thiel.edu

Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students

724-589-2600

Matthew R. Morgan, Ph.D.
Matthew R. Morgan, Ph.D. mmorgan@thiel.edu

Professor of Philosophy

724-589-2030

Ross Nugent, M.F.A.
Ross Nugent, M.F.A. rnugent@thiel.edu

Assistant Professor of Communication

724-589-2018

Susan Traverso, Ph.D.
Susan Traverso, Ph.D. thepresident@thiel.edu

President of Thiel College

724-589-2100

Gary J. Witosky, C.P.A., C.G.M.A., M.Acc. ’79
Gary J. Witosky, C.P.A., C.G.M.A., M.Acc. ’79 gwitosky@thiel.edu

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, David M. Miller Endowed Chair of Accounting

724-589-2500

Admission to the Graduate Program

The Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program application period is officially open! As a graduate of the program, you will apply knowledge garnered from cutting-edge courses taught by faculty whose expertise extends beyond academia into world-class communication and leadership experience.

In order to apply, the Office of Admission requires the following:

  • Online application
  • Personal Statement on ‘What the student hopes to learn about themselves in the program.”
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities

All documents listed above can be sent to admissions@thiel.edu for review.

Cost of Attendance

Did you know that 99% of Thiel College undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid? Below you can find estimated costs for non-Thiel alumni, as well as Thiel College alumni.

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Elizabeth Frombgen, Ph.D.

Program Director, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College

efrombgen@thiel.edu

724-589-2200