MPC Frequently Asked Questions
MPC classes focus on a variety of communication disciplines. Some classes concentrate primarily on writing, while others focus on design or communication theory. 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 usually meet on Saturday mornings for one month.
The MPC program is NOT a lockstep program. However, completing certain classes early in the program provides a solid basis for success in classes you take later on. For the most part, you may take classes in any order you want, selecting elective classes before required courses, for example. Please meet with an MPC faculty member for recommendations regarding a schedule that will work best for you.
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. Most students complete the 40-credit program within two to three years; other students choose 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 their own success and to sharing knowledge with others.
For each hour you are in class, you are expected to do 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 writing, oral presentations, web sites, 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 interested in public relations, technical writing and editing, marketing, communications management, or the latest in communication technology, the MPC program has a broad curriculum that will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need. A technical or writing background is not required to be successful in the program. However, many students find that basic computer knowledge, as well as some experience in academic or professional writing, is beneficial. A background in communications, marketing, technical writing, or design is helpful but not required.
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 are working:
Course curriculum is a balance between practical application and academic theory. You will review business case studies, do some independent research, and hear from communication experts. The capstone of the program, the field project, is an opportunity to combine your personal interests and knowledge into an impressive portfolio piece.
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 5:30p.m. or later) and on weekends. All classes are held on the Westminster campus, ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.
The MPC program accepts applications for each 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.