MPC Frequently Asked Questions
MPC classes focus on a variety of communication disciplines. Some classes concentrate primarily on the theoretical underpinnings of communication, while others focus on practical applications of those theories to topics such as integrated marketing communication, professional writing and editing, or web design and multimedia production. Class work and discussion include hands-on participation, guest lectures, and some group projects. Students are encouraged to participate actively in discussions, suggest changes to the curriculum, and use projects from their employers for various assignments.
Our classes are small, so you receive individual attention and can take advantage of professional networking with other students. A typical class includes 15 or fewer students. Three-credit courses meet once or twice a week; one-credit courses have four class sessions, usually on Saturday mornings.
The MPC program is NOT a lockstep program. However, completing the theory-based classes is a required foundation for applying those theories to practice. Once those classes are complete, you can take the application core classes and electives in any order. Once you have been admitted to the program, you will want to meet with Professor Helen Hodgson, program director, to plan a course of study.
Depending on how heavy your typical workload is, you should be able to take between three and six credits each semester. Whether you attend part-time or full-time (seven credits or more) is up to you, and you may choose to take a semester off. The 36-credit-hour program is designed so that students can complete the program in two calendar years, but many students choose to complete the program at a slower pace. As long as you attend one class a year, you are considered in good standing (although we wouldn't recommend it!). If you leave the program for three consecutive semesters, you will have to reapply.
One of the greatest assets of the MPC program is our students. The professional and personal experiences each student brings to the classroom are invaluable. Our students are committed to being successful and to sharing knowledge with others.
For each hour you are in class, you are expected to complete at least two hours of homework. We realize that many of our students are working professionals with many commitments. The faculty is happy to work with you if special arrangements need to be made to accommodate business travel or family obligations as long as they are not detrimental to your studies or disruptive to class. In return, we ask that you be prepared, are motivated, and make the appropriate arrangements to integrate the demands of graduate studies into your life.
Is it for me?
Effective communication--whether it's integrated marketing communicaiton, web desiign, technical writing and editing, oral presentations, public relations, social media, or project management--is vital in today's professional world. And an MPC degree is an excellent opportunity for you to build that expertise. If you are committed to developing cutting-edge knowledge and skills in diverse areas of communication, the MPC program has a broad curriculum that will help you meet your individual goals. While an undergraduate degree in communication is not required to be successful in the MPC program, a background in communication, marketing, technical writing, or design may be helpful.
Westminster is proud of its reputation for small classes and faculty committed to teaching. Attending graduate school can be an adjustment, but the individual attention and outstanding instruction you will receive in the MPC program will make it well worth your investment.
Our graduates have used their degrees to move into or advance in a variety of communication fields. Effective communicators are in demand in today's information age, and you will have the expertise to choose from many different careers. Upon completion of the program, you will also have an impressive portfolio of class work and your field project to show employers. The following is a sample of companies where MPC graduates have worked or are currently working:
The MPC course curriculum balances communication theories and practical applications. The way that theory informs practice is essential knowledge for any communication professional to have.The capstone of the program, the field project and professional portfolio, provides an opportunity to combine your personal interests and knowledge into an impressive final project and a portfolio that highlights all of your best work.
The MPC program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals while also advancing career development. Classes are held in the evenings (all weekday classes start at 5:30 p.m. or later) and on weekends. All classes are held on the Westminster campus, 10 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.
The MPC program accepts applications for fall and spring semester. For more information, please see our application page.
Yes. Graduate students are eligible for federal and alternative loans. We also offer a convenient payment plan and will work with your employer if you are fortunate to have an employer who helps with tuition. For more information, please contact our Financial Aid Office.