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M.A. in Communication and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry

M.A. in Corporate Communication and Pastoral Ministry 

M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication and Pastoral Ministry


Program Description

The Communication & Rhetorical Studies Program and the Pastoral Ministry programs have created a plan of study that allows you to receive a degree in both programs after completing a 51-credit curriculum. You may choose a joint M.A. in Pastoral Ministry with one of two Communication & Rhetorical Studies degrees: an M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication or an M.A. in Corporate Communication.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this dual degree program, you must apply separately to the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Theology Department graduate programs. You must be accepted by both programs, and must declare your intent to pursue this dual academic program at the time of application to Duquesne University. You cannot transfer into this joint degree program following acceptance into another program of study. Advisors are available in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Theology Department to provide you with guidance and advice on each program.

Dual Degree Options

Students may choose a dual M.A. in Pastoral Ministry with one of two communication degrees:

  • M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication
  • M.A. in Corporate Communication

Communication & Rhetorical Studies Requirements - Course Descriptions

Required Core Courses for Either Option

  • COMM 500  Professional Communication
  • COMM 501  Persuasion in the Marketplace
  • COMM 515  Organizational Communication
  • COMM 523  Communication Ethics & Professional Civility

Corporate Communication Track

  • COMM 522  Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 554  Interpersonal Communication
  • Choose three of the following courses: COMM 503, 508, 518, 536, 590, or 700

Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication Track

  • COMM 507  Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 514  Rhetoric, Religion & Society
  • COMM 554  Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 559  Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 561  Rhetorical Theory


Theology Requirements

Theology Core Courses

  • Systematics: 520, or 531, or 580
  • Sacraments/Liturgy: 538, or 535
  • Supervised Ministry: 589
  • Old Testament: 511, or 513, or 515
  • New Testament: 512, or 514, or 516
  • Ethics: 541, or 543, or 544
  • Theology of Ministry: 539

Elective (3 crs.)