When I first started thinking about attending graduate school, I wasn’t quite sure what to look for. This was around 2008, a time when the financial collapse was in the midst of happening, and it seemed as though everything was uncertain: career prospects, financial security, and overall happiness. I thought it would be wise to further my education with the hope of securing a great job and fulfilling career for the long term. When I was researching different graduate programs, I continually asked myself what I wanted from a master’s program. I also explored particular interests I had. For example, I was always attracted in the communication side of business and commerce, mainly in the way that organizations are structured and how communication flows from both within an organization and outside to key public and operating partners. I was interested in the strategic thinking involved in the challenges and opportunities companies face in its communication strategies, and how to create effective messaging for different audiences. That’s when I found the master’s program in Public and Organizational Relations at Montclair State University.
The MA in Public and Organizational Relations at Montclair State University focuses on studying the full range of communication practices, both internally and externally. Within the program, students gain knowledge of particular strategies and leverage cutting-edge technologies into public relations and organizational communication plans. Many graduates of the Public and Organizational Relations program are either aspiring or seasoned professionals in public relations, corporate communications, organizational consulting, higher education, or public administration, among other fields.
After taking my first class in the program, Issues of Public and Organizational Relations, I realized that I made one of the best decisions of my life. I wanted to be fully immersed in this program, studying different areas within organizational communication, such as research methods in public and organizational relations, leadership and collaborative innovation, theories of human communication, new media business models, media and mass culture, and public relations writing. I even had the opportunity to present a paper I wrote at the New Jersey Communication Association conference in 2010.
The return on investment on my graduate degree appeared almost immediately after I graduated. Without my master’s degree in Public and Organizational Relations, I wouldn’t have been prepared for the job I currently serve. The main aspect of my position is to develop and strengthen relationships with prospective students and other MSU personnel. I continually work on developing different strategies in my communication planning based on the particular audience with whom I communicate and on the media platforms I utilize. Additionally, I collaborate with so many different individuals throughout the course of a day and work on projects that need to have a successful outcome. This is what the MA in Public and Organizational Relations program teaches its students.
An MA in Public and Organizational Relations has also helped me in life outside of work. I recently became an adjunct professor at another college where I teach public speaking and organizational communication at the undergraduate level. I would have never received this opportunity without my master’s degree in this particular field.
If an MA in Public and Organizational Relations sounds interesting to you, stop by our office and we can talk about the program. You can also attend a highly informative Roundtable Information Session on Wednesday, July 22, where you’ll be able to learn more about the program and meet with faculty and recent alumni.
Recruiter Coordinator Matt DiBartolomeo authored this blog post.