The MOCM Vision and Challenge

"Think deeply about life - set your sights higher than grades, money and professional accomplishments (as good as these may be) - and on your journey embrace spirituality, practice empathy, find the humor in everything, and strive for originality, for you are made in the image of God."


"I am currently working at the American Cancer Society as an Events Recruiter. Thank you both for all you did to prepare me for the working world. I can't tell you how much it means to be able to feel competent to go into a first job. You both are wonderful."
Rosalie Rhine
Events Recruiter
American Cancer Society


Managerial and Organizational Communication focuses on the relationship between communication and human behavior in all organizational contexts (business, government, nonprofit). At the heart of the discipline is a recognition that organizations are created, maintained, and changed through human communication. An ability to assess and manage interpersonal, group, and organizational communication processes and create a collaborative environment is essential in today’s turbulent information environment.

The Study of Managerial and Organizational Communication:

  • focuses on the ways people create and negotiate their organizational worlds through both formal and emergent procedures and networks,
  • enhances the skills necessary for effective and productive organizational management and membership, and
  • achieves a thorough understanding of organizational processes and procedures by integrating academic analysis and practical organizational application.

Program Objectives:

  • To offer students a flexible program grounded in social scientific theory focused on the study and practice of those organizational activities most dependent on communicative behavior (e.g., interpersonal competence; collection and diffusion of information; conflict management; leadership; decision-making; group process management; and research).
  • To provide practice in oral and written communication, collaboration skills, and critical thinking through in-class activities, organizational analysis, and internship opportunities.
  • To promote ethical practices in all communication contexts and encounters.
  • To prepare majors for their chosen fields of interest which may include:

Training & Development
Market Research
Human Resources
Customer Relations
Public/Community Relations
Selling Advertising
Employee Communication

  • To help prepare students for communication-relates careers that rely heavily on communication training and skills including government service, law, social and human services, education, and ministry.
  • To prepare students for graduate work in various areas of business and Communication & Theatre.

"Communication opens more doors than any other major . . . many employers view communication majors as better equipped to contribute to a fast-changing, information-based environment. No other major offers as much flexibility."
Blythe Camenson in Great Jobs for Communication Majors

Program Strengths include:

  • … an interdisciplinary major which utilizes business courses to augment your program in communication and structure an individual plan to meet your specific vocational goals.
  • … a scholar - practitioner with a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication who is active in conference presentations and publications and has training and consulting experience with clients which have included The Arizona Republic newspaper, Nationwide Insurance, United Parcel Service, and local churches, among other groups.
  • … a large, comprehensive department encompassing all areas of interpersonal, group, and organizational studies as well as training in performance and media.
  • … our location in San Diego (the nation’s 6 th largest city) which provides intern opportunities in a wide variety of settings.

"Choosing to pursue a degree in Management & Organizational Communication was one of the wisest choices I ever made. I am utilizing in my job, everything I learned while obtaining my degree including management, business, and communication skills."
Nicholas Wolf
Human Resources Administrator
TOPS Staffing Solutions, Carlsbad, CA

"My experience as a MOCM major was awesome because it gave me the foundation I needed to begin my professional career and now I'm ready to take it to the next level and pursue an advanced degree while continuing to serve in my current position."
Heather Ricahrdson
Development Officer

The Chronicle of Higher Education

According to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education , Robert M. Diamond states:
In conducting workshops over the past decade on how to design curricula, I have asked considerably more than 1,000 faculty members—from a cross section of academic disciplines and institutions—the same question: "What basic competencies or skills should every college graduate have?" The responses have been remarkably consistent. They typically include skills in communicating (writing, speaking, reading, and listening), mathematics (especially basic statistics), problem solving, and critical thinking; interpersonal skills (such as working in groups and leading them); computer literacy; and most recently, appreciation of cultural diversity and the ability to adapt to innovation and change.

All of these skills and competencies are an integral part of the Management & Organizational Communication major and are essential to effectiveness in the 21 st Century. Join the scores of recent program graduates who are taking their place of leadership in organizations around the world! 

For a B.A. in Managerial & Organizational Communication (MOCM), please check current catalog for course requirements.


For more information contact:

Dr. Melissa Newman
Department of Communication & Theatre
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Office: (619) 849-2561

 "Managing Meaning in the Communication Age."