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Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Professional Communication Learning Block Online

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Program Overview

Develop the communication and “new media” skills needed to reach audiences and shape public opinion in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Professional Communication Learning Block online program from Southern Utah University. The MIS program is designed for students who value flexibility, enabling you to create a degree that fits your unique interests while ensuring your degree plan supports your next professional steps. With no GRE requirement, it also provides an efficient pathway to completing your master’s degree as entering students may transfer up to 9 previous graduate credit hours into the program.

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

In this 100 percent online program, you will become an influential communicator with a broad-based skill set to benefit any organization. You will study advertising and public relations strategies, become an expert in social media and pop culture messaging, deepen your written and verbal presentation skills, and focus on crisis communication management.

The curriculum includes a choice of electives emphasizing leadership or nonprofit initiatives, as well as a choice of integrated capstone project, internship, or thesis, so you can tailor your degree to your personal interests and professional goals.

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As a student in this program, you will:

  • Study the impact of technology and social media on the communication process as well as how texts like YouTube, TV, advertisements, gaming, etc., influence identity and collective understanding
  • Study the strategic use of new media, including blogging, search engine optimization, content creation, corporate messaging, and visual content
  • Explore advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage events
  • Complete an integrated social media plan with objectives, strategies, tactics and key performance indicators
  • Strengthen your writing and presentation skills within professional contexts, including preparation of training materials, press releases, digital resumes, website, and social media materials

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SUU offers a variety of specialized learning blocks in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program. Check out all of our online MIS options.

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Tuition

SUU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition, which includes all fees.

Tuition breakdown:

$430 Per Credit Hour
$12,900 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MIS $430 $1,290 $12,900

Calendar

MIS online programs are delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall A 09/07/20 08/24/20 08/31/20 09/02/20 09/07/20 11/01/20
Fall B 11/02/20 10/19/20 10/26/20 10/28/20 11/02/20 12/27/20
Spring A 01/04/21 12/21/20 12/28/20 12/30/20 01/04/21 02/28/21
Spring B 03/01/21 02/15/21 02/22/21 02/24/21 03/01/21 05/02/21
Summer A 05/10/21 04/26/21 05/03/21 05/05/21 05/10/21 07/04/21
Summer B 07/05/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 06/30/21 07/05/21 08/29/21

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Admissions

At SUU, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for entering the MIS online program; this section also covers required documents and where you should send them.

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Minimum 3.0 GPA
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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MIS online program.

  • Submit graduate application and $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
    • *If your GPA is lower than 3.0, please still apply as you could be admitted on a provisional basis. Please contact an Enrollment Services representative at 833-994-0043 for more information.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Statement of Intent (will be submitted directly on the application form)
  • Submit a professional resume that includes employment history, academic accomplishments, and highlights professional experience
  • You must enter the contact information for three references on your application form. Please select people who can provide details about your academic and/or professional work, and ability to be successful in the MIS program

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent directly from the granting institution(s) to:

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Southern Utah University
PO Box 8008
Cedar City, Utah 84720

Courses

The MIS – Professional Communication Learning Block online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 3 credit hours of introductory coursework, 18 credit hours of communication/social media core courses, 6 credit hours of leadership or nonprofit electives and a 3-credit-hour capstone course. Students may transfer up to 9 previous graduate credit hours based on advisement.

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All MIS students must take this introductory course.

INDS 6000: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research & Studies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will analyze the concepts of interdisciplinary study. Students draft their interdisciplinary degree plan and gain the ability to describe their interdisciplinary degree to multiple audiences. Introduction to fundamental research evaluations methods.

Students will take the following courses.

COMM 6210: Advertising and Public Relations Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Discusses advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage issues and events, with emphasis on recent research and theoretical developments, case studies, and experimental approaches.

COMM 6230: Professional Social Media

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the strategic use of major social media platforms. Topics include blogging, search engine optimization, content creation, storytelling, corporate messaging, and uses and development of visual content. Students will complete an integrated social media plan with objectives, strategies, and tactics with key performance indicators and measurement.

COMM 6010: Applied Communication Theory

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Using communication theory in real life. Introduction, research, and written articulation of both basic and advanced concepts of theories examining the role of applied and professional communication in human, organizational, social media, strategic, and mass media contexts.

COMM 6040: Professional Writing and Presentations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will strengthen and enhance writing and presentation skills with careful attention to advanced language use required in various professional communication contexts. Students will create training sessions, press releases, digital resumes, website, social media, and marketing materials to help organizations manage their public face as well as learn how to establish and maintain their personal professional image in various contexts.

COMM 6140: Pop Culture Messages

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines influential texts (e.g., YouTube, TV, Film, Advertisements, Music, and Gaming) that students consume daily. Focuses on the ways these discourses create identity and collective understanding. Explores message forms and their implications for critical thinking and consumption.

INDS 6211: Crisis Communication Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Reputations have never been subjected to such scrutiny and crushing verdicts as in today’s court of public opinion. As perception is often reality, potential issues are typically visible long before the crisis stage. Learn how to spot common triggers, what should be in place before a crisis hits, message strategy and how to communicate the issue whether it is online attacks from a former employee, lawsuits or acts of nature. Shifting from crisis to recovery is risky; learn when and how to transition safely. All crises, big and small, can be managed by amassing relational capital across multiple audience sectors. By discovering how to develop and maintain relational capital, students will be able to apply these skills to any crisis or significant issue in their chosen industry.

Students will choose two Leadership courses (INDS 6510, INDS 6511, INDS 6512) OR two Nonprofit courses (INDS 6411, INDS 6412, INDS 6413).

INDS 6510: Leadership Essentials

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will study and analyze basic leadership approaches, processes, and traits. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of leadership by identifying skills and styles of leadership. Students will draft a vision plan to include communication and innovation. The first section of a portfolio will be initiated in this course and expanding across all three courses in this leadership series will be produced.

INDS 6511: Strategic Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will delve deeper into interpersonal portions of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Students will begin to develop and apply their own individual expertise. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

INDS 6512: Leadership Coaching Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will be introduced to the psychological aspects of leadership including culture, ethics, and gender. Students will create and lead effective groups and teams. Students will build an ongoing continuous improvement plan. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

INDS 6411: Nonprofit Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the strategies, techniques and requirements for managing a nonprofit organization. Students will focus on four primary categories aligned with nonprofit management: 1) fundraising, 2) financial management, 3) organizational management and 4) program development.

INDS 6412: Foundations of Grant Writing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this fast-paced course, students will learn how to successfully secure funding from various agencies in which a grant proposal is required. Students will learn about private and public grant-making foundations and how to properly research, prioritize, apply, and build relationships. Lastly, students will learn about the grant cycle and common mistakes to ensure proposal success.

INDS 6413: Foundations of Fundraising

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this fast-paced course, students will be equipped with critical and ethical skills to successfully fundraise efficiently and effectively. Students will learn how to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward private funding for annual funds, major gifts and planned gifts. Specific strategies and tools will be highlighted to secure constituent loyalty with external and internal stakeholders. The focus will be on applying these strategies and tools within a nonprofit organization to create a positive impact.

All MIS students will choose one of the following capstone courses.

INDS 6890: MIS Capstone Internship

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1 (must complete 3 credits)

Provides the student with hands-on experience related to their chosen two or three disciplines from the student’s degree plan of study under the direct supervision of a qualified field expert. Only three (3) credit hours may count toward the degree.

INDS 6900: MIS Capstone Project

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course MIS students plan and complete a professional project as a required capstone experience. Learners will research and address a professional problem, then report the results. The project is practitioner-based and culminates learning from each of the three coursework-based learning blocks. Students will study and apply project management skills including proposal and assessment techniques, then carry out their project. A comprehensive report and presentation will serve as final deliverables.

INDS 6910: MIS Capstone Thesis

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A capstone experience demonstrating the ability to complete a professional thesis in consultation with the graduate committee. Students conceive, research, and produce a thesis in a relevant area of their interdisciplinary degree plan.

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