Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication

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We have suspended new enrollments to the Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication program and are no longer accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all coursework.

Boost Your Communication Effectiveness

Facing greater complexity, many organizations are increasingly focusing on communication to help ensure success and sustainability for the future. To deepen your understanding of communications and its effect on organizational processes and performance, the College of Professional Studies offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication bachelor's degree.

The Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications curriculum is designed to address a broad range of topics including:

  • Crisis communication
  • Intercultural communication in a global marketplace
  • Media relations
  • Interpersonal conflict and communication
  • Emerging communication technology
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Meeting dynamics and strategy
  • Professional speaking

This program is designed for students who have completed an associate degree or equivalent credits, who would like to complete their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace.

Formats: The Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication is also available for students who would like to complete this degree at their own pace, visit our  Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication  web page.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for graduates looking for communications and public relations jobs is very bright, with employment expected to grow much faster than average. Nearly every organization requires professionals who possess strong communication skills, so graduates can choose from many different career paths.

Interested in learning more?

Interested in learning if the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication is a good fit for you? View the program overview webinar.

Learn more about the many Fast-Track benefits or watch our Undergraduate Fast-Track webinar.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Required Courses

Quarter 1

ENG 3550 Writing for the Professions 6 q.h.
ENG 3551 Writing Lab for ENG 3550 1 q.h.
CMN 1103 Organizational and Group Communications 6 q.h.

Quarter 2

LDR 1203 Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity 6 q.h.
CMN 2050 Advanced Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 2051 Professional Speaking 4 q.h.

Quarter 3

HST 3430 Leadership Themes in World and American History 6 q.h.
CMN 2156 Persuasion, Argue, and Negotiate 6 q.h.
CMN 2430 Ethical Issues in Organizational Communications 3 q.h.

Quarter 4

HRM 2350 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 6 q.h.
CMN 3040 Intercultural Communication and the Organization 3 q.h.
CMN 3250 Mediated Communication and Media Relations 3 q.h.

Quarter 5

CMN 2080 Emerging Communication Technology 3 q.h.
CMN 2320 Crisis Communications 3 q.h.
CMN 2001 Gender and Communication 3 q.h.
PHL 2560 Business Ethics and Decision Making 6 q.h.

Quarter 6

POL 3580 International Relations and Organizations 6 q.h.
CMN 4170 Meeting Dynamics and Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 4770 Organizational Communication Measurement and Assessment 3 q.h.

Required minimum credit hours: 80 q.h.

Course Descriptions

Quarter 1

Writing for the Professions (6 q.h.)

This course introduces the vocabulary and philosophy of business communications. Students practice planning, writing, and analyzing effective business letters and memoranda. Students learn the methods and principles of research and documentation of semi-technical analyses and business reports. The course allows practice in organizing and writing complex forms of business communications.

Writing Lab for ENG 3550 (1 q.h.)

Requires students to analyze and draft writing assignments from topics covered in ENG 3550.

Organizational and Group Communication (6 q.h.) 

Examines how organizational communication drives how individuals within organizations become effective communicators. Covers skills and strategies necessary for developing and maintaining effective personal and professional relationships. Topics include perception, self-concept, emotions, attitudes and values, nonverbal communication, language, and methods of conflict resolution in group interaction.

Quarter 2

Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity (6 q.h.) 

Focuses on enhancing students’ individual awareness, reflection, and effectiveness as leaders. Through a focus on self-assessment, offers students an opportunity to learn to appreciate the differences between themselves and others and deepen their understanding of what motivates people in the working environment. Organizations are only as effective as the individuals who work in them. In this program orientation, students are introduced to the methodologies and processes that are essential aspects of leadership: competency development and planning, action learning, and mentoring. In addition, students are assessed on their leadership capabilities and use these outcomes to determine their focus for development.

Advanced Organizational Communication (3 q.h.)
Examines the imperatives for successful organizational communication. Requires students to analyze various organizations in terms of these imperatives. Addresses issues germane to communication skill sets, information management, organizational culture and communication, and communication networks.

Professional Speaking (4 q.h.)
Examines methods for overcoming presentation anxiety, approaches to structuring presentations, and techniques related to presentation delivery. Requires students to prepare, deliver, and evaluate professional presentations.

Quarter 3

Leadership Themes in U.S. and World History (6 q.h.)
Examines the development of leaders in major historical contexts, i.e., fascism and communism, around the world and its relevance to world leadership issues today. Explores the dimensions of leadership, focusing on the relationship of leaders to the social context from which they emerge.

Persuasion, Argue, and Negotiate (6 q.h.)

This course introduces students to the techniques of persuasion, dispute resolution, and negotiation. The curriculum pays particular attention to the processes of mediation, facilitation, and negotiation. Through readings, lectures, and activities, students will have the opportunity to explore methods of applying these skills to analyze situations in politics, advertising, social interaction, sales, and business.

Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication (3 q.h.)
Examines the ethical issues pertaining to communicating within complex organizations. Ethical choices affect how we communicate to internal audiences and the public. Discusses questions such as whether management should be transparent when communicating with members of an organization, or employ what has been referred to as “strategic ambiguity,” and whether members of an organization have an obligation to reveal or retain information for what is perceived as individual or organizational benefit.

Quarter 4

Organizational Behavior and Leadership (6 q.h.) 

Examines individual learning and motivation, as well as interpersonal communication and team dynamics. Organization leaders seek the elusive goals of a highly motivated, innovative workforce committed to ethical contribution of individuals and society and asks what is needed to become an effective organization and what the role of the leader is in that process. Relies heavily on techniques to analyze, apply knowledge, and develop personal insight and skills for those students developing as leaders.

Intercultural Communication and the Organization (3 q.h.) 

Analyzes how culture and ethnicity affect communication in organizations. The world is becoming smaller and organizations no longer function within defined geographic areas. Consequently, women and men within organizations must be aware of groups that communicate differently than those in a surrounding community.

Mediated Communication and Media Relations (3 q.h.) 

Examines issues germane to mediated communication and how organizations can establish positive relationships with members of the external media.

Quarter 5

Emerging Communication Technology (3 q.h.) 

The World Wide Web has revolutionized how individuals and organizations can and do interact. This course identifies and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of emerging technology for organizational communication. Course topics include new technologies related to e-mail, websites, Web theory, and video conferencing.

Crisis Communication (3 q.h.) 

Examines proactive and reactive approaches to crisis communication from the perspective of practitioners and academics who have worked and studied within this area of organizational communication. Crisis occurs in organizations, and effective communication to internal and external stakeholders during crises can reduce the potential negative effects of these crises.

 Gender and Communication (3 q.h.) 

Examines the research on gender communication issues in the context of complex organizations. Many academicians and practitioners argue that there are fundamental differences between how men and women interact. Explores studies done on how gender affects communication and uses articles and books written by practitioners on this complex subject.

Business Ethics and Decision Making (6 q.h.) 

Focuses on basic ethical viewpoints as a foundation and examines specific characteristics of business life through cases and examples. The fact that there is not one universal set of behaviors one considers ethical and no guidelines to follow to determine ethical behavior poses unique challenges to managers today. Yet, managers are daily faced with situations where individual values may conflict with those of teams or organizations. Offers students an opportunity to apply a decision-making model using real-world ethical dilemmas, analyze behaviors and consequences, and make recommendations for actions ethical managers can take.

Quarter 6

International Relations and Organizations (6 q.h.) 

Explores the development of international organizations such as the United Nations and the role of leaders in them, as well as contemporary world politics, problems of war and peaceful coexistence, and other issues for today’s world leaders. International relations and organizations are necessary to the study of contemporary leadership because nations interact as never before. Seeks to explain how leaders of nation-states can and should behave in an interdependent world.

Meeting Dynamics and Communication (3 q.h.) 

Examines the evolution of mass communication and the effects of mass communication on aspects of society such as education, sports, business, and entertainment. Reviews significant events in the development of today’s media world.

Organizational Communication Measurement and Assessment (3 q.h.) 

Examines methods for assessing the quality of communications within organizations. Practitioners and theoreticians argue that communication is central to organizational success. 

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $0.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications program is well suited for individuals who wish to pursue a career in:

  • Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Public relations

Candidates for the program may currently work as:

  • Communications specialist
  • Public relations associate
  • Lobbyist
  • Human resources manager
  • Training manager
  • Organizational development specialist
  • Media specialist
  • Marketing associate
  • Public information officer

Program Format

This program is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or the equivalent number of credits (80 quarter hours or 60 semester hours) and are looking to earn their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace. The office of admissions will work with applicants to evaluate and accept as many previously completed credits as possible.

Online Format & Schedule

The accelerated 18-month Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication offers flexibility and convenience for working professionals with demanding schedules across the world. Using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system and you will be guided through online coursework by your instructors.

Online classes are asynchronous, so there is no designated meeting time. Also, all online Fast-Track courses are completed with the same group of students allowing you to interact with familiar classmates over the six term schedule.

Additional Benefits:

  • Transfer in your credits, and complete your degree in 18 months
  • Know your six-term course plan when you begin your program
  • Fast-Track program managers register you for all courses and advise you throughout your entire academic program
  • Develop a valuable network of professional contacts
  • Learn from classmates and the various industries and professions they represent


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge 
    Analyze the audience to which the communication is directed and address the message to effectively communicate, considering race, sexual preference, gender, religious beliefs, political affiliation, position, etc.

  2. Broad Integrative Knowledge 
    Demonstrate proficiency in addressing the communication goals in a wide range of organizational settings and levels ranging from leadership assessment, staff functioning (x vs. y) and organizational visioning.

  3. Intellectual Skills 
    Plan the communication with consideration to the most effective method (oral, written, etc.). Students will be able to organize their thoughts with an introduction including a thesis statement and main points. The communication will include an appropriate summary and call for action. All communications will be directed to support the organization vision, mission, and specific situation.

  4. Applied Learning 
    Draft, edit, revise, and rewrite the communication. Oral communications will be practiced and revised to have maximum impact and to ensure that the goals and objectives have been addressed. Produce the final communication. If oral, use appropriate volume, tone, speed of delivery, choice of language and smooth continuity. If written, the document should be professional in appearance and contain no processing errors. Deliver the presentation with consideration to eye contact, gesturing, movement, appearance, and nerve control. All media such as PowerPoint will conform to standards such as the 7x7 rule.

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