Programs of Study

Communication Arts


  • Be a leader in the communications industry
  • Tracks in production, media management, health or corporate communication, or interdisciplinary
  • Hands-on experience from expert faculty

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Communication Arts at Marywood

Our M.A. in Communication Arts prepare students to assume leadership roles in the communications industry. It is a broad-based program that covers a range of communication skills and careers.

The M.A. in Communication Arts consists of an 18-credit core and five 18-credit tracks.  A student selects one of the tracks in consultation with an adviser. The total degree program is 36 credits.

Students may choose from a focus in production, media management, health communication, corporate communication, or an interdisciplinary track designed in consultation with an academic adviser.

More About This Degree

Michael Mirabito, Ph.D., Professor, Chair of Department.
Michael Mirabito received a B.F.A. from New York University (Institute of Film & TV), an M.A. from New York Institute of Technology (Communication), and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University (Radio & TV). His publications include two books: The Exploration of Outer Space with Cameras: A History of the NASA Unmanned Spacecraft Missions (McFarland Press, Inc., 1983) and The New Communications Technologies (co-author; Focal Press; 5 editions from 1990-2004). More recently, Mirabito has focused on digital imaging and has participated in group and solo photography shows throughout the country. His teaching and research/creative work interests range from the new communications technologies to space exploration to Holocaust studies.

Douglas Lawrence, Ph.D., Associate Professor. 
Douglas Lawrence is a faculty member of Marywood University, where he is a former Chair of the Communication Arts Department.  He also serves as the Program Director of the Health Communication Program.  His latest Documentary, “Sacred Rituals” was presented the prestigious Jimmy Stewart Award.  Lawrence is the author of five books published by Putnam, Perigee and Walden Books.  He has produced a film for the Department of Education, and continues to present communication workshops and seminars. He presented the keynote address for the World Health Organizations, World Health Day. Lawrence produced, directed and wrote the music for the Play Narrative: George, The Pullman Porter.  He was morning news producer for CBS affiliate WYOU TV and has numerous other productions to date.  In addition, he co-composed the alma mater for Holy Cross High School.  He did vast research in the Peoples Republic of China, working in a teaching hospital and studying at the Nanjing Medical University to complete his dissertation.  His current research includes investigation into patient/physician relationships centered on communication issues.  As an avid hiker, he believes in the connection of art, self-awareness, and joy as a connection to progress on our planet.

    This is just a sample of our Communication Arts faculty - see them all!

    We're excited to be a part of the new Learning Commons, set to open in Fall 2015! The Center for Communication Arts will house state of the art facilities and media tools, including a television studio, radio station, newsroom, and computer lab classroom space, will help us to better train future communication professionals for the rapidly evolving media industry.


    Since earning my Master's Degree at Marywood, I have been working in the field of digital marketing.

    Since earning my Master's Degree at Marywood, I have been working in Wall, New Jersey in the field of digital marketing. My current role consists of primarily content marketing, as well as search engine optimization. My favorite part about working in this field is having the ability to connect with and learn about so many other industries (some of which I never even knew existed). I've had a wide range of clients, from individual small business frozen yogurt shops to corporate home energy solution companies and absolutely everything in between.

    My time at Marywood has helped me throughout my career time and time again. I've consistently gone back to the skills I learned throughout my education, including time management skills, teamwork, and preparedness.

    Graduate Admissions Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
    • Completed application
    • Essay
    • Official, sealed transcripts
    • Two or three letters of recommendation

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    Master of Arts in Communication Arts

    36 semester hours


    18 Semester hours

    COMM 501 New Communications Technology: Theory and Practice
    COMM 502 Professional Writing
    COMM 503 Public Presentation
    COMM 595 Internship

    EDUC 501

    Research Theory
    COMM 522 Leadership in Communications
    COMM Elective; including:
    COMM 504 Film History
    COMM 505 TV Criticism
    COMM 506 Communications Law and Policy
    COMM 531 Media Production I 
    COMM 561 Media Management 
    COMM 500 Independent Study
    COMM 520 Health Communication 3

    Concentration 2: Media Management

    18 semester hours

    COMM 561 Media Management
    COMM 562 Media Promotion and Publicity
    PADM 507 Ethics
    PADM 508 Communication, Strategic Planning, and Organizational Dynamics
    Elective Communication Arts elective selected with advisor
    Elective Public Administration or Business elective selected with advisor

    Please note: A suitable management course in another department may be substituted with the approval of your advisor and the Chairperson.

    Concentration 4: Interdisciplinary

    18 semester hours

    The student designs her or his own program in consultation with the faculty advisor. Sample concentration:

    COMM 531 Media Production I
    COMM 532 Media Production II
    ART 541A Computer Aided Design I
    COMM 561 Media Management
    PADM 510
    Fundraising and GrantWriting in Nonprofit Organizations
    BUS 541 Organizational Behavior and Development