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Professional Communication/Corporate & Public Communication B.S. to M.S.

Convey your message.

Combine theory and application to convey ideas, including verbal and nonverbal messages, to the world. A degree in professional communication offers students a broad understanding of fundamental communication, providing the tools to succeed in field such as business, marketing or communication.


Program Information

  • College: Applied Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science to Masters of Science
  • Limited Access: No



  • Angie SextonAcademic Coordinator
    Address: College of Applied Studies Office Building 108 Panama City, FL 32405-1099
    Phone: (850) 770-2178


  • Sandra Halvorson, PhD
    Address: Office: HAC A111-G Panama City, Florida, 32405-1099
    Phone: (850) 770-2249
  • Stan Lindsay, PhD
    Address: Office: HAC A111-F Panama City, Florida, 32405-1099
    Phone: (850) 770-2262
  • Mike Wallace, PhD
    Address: Office: HAC A111-F Panama City, Florida, 32405-1099
    Phone: (850) 770-2246

Professional Communication offers two academic tracks:

  • A BA or BS in Professional Communication 
  • A combined BS to MS in Professional Communication/Corporate and Public Communication

Application Process: Students, at the Panama City campus, should meet with their academic advisor before applying to the Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Program.

Description: The combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program in Communication enables academically strong students to complete B.S. and M.S. degrees at an accelerated pace. At the Panama City campus, a total of thirty-six (36) undergraduate communication course hours is required of students who wish to complete an undergraduate degree in Professional Communication. A total of thirty-three (33) hours of course work is required of students seeking a graduate degree in Corporate and Public Communication. The Combined B.S./M.S. Degree allows up to twelve (12) credit hours of face-to-face graduate communication coursework to be dually counted toward both the B.S. & M.S. degree.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. Professional Communication/Corporate & Public Communication

Admission Requirements: An undergraduate student seeking to be admitted into this program must:

  • have reached junior status by completing fifteen (15) hours,
  • have an overall College GPA of at least 3.0,
  • have a GPA of at least 3.0 in all communication courses attempted,
  • have a combined score, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test, of at least 300,
  • have advanced approval of the dean, department chair, and instructor offering the course, prior to registration.

Retention: In order to remain in the accelerated program, a student must maintain an overall GPA and a communication GPA of at least 3.0.


  • Junior – Students, at the Panama City campus, may apply for the Combined Degree Program as early as the second semester of their first year (junior status) or any semester, thereafter, during their junior or senior year.
  • Junior – When applying to the program, students must have completed fifteen (15) hours of coursework and should have taken the GRE the last semester of their junior year.
  • Senior – Complete a University and a Communication graduation check for the B.S. degree.

Submit Graduate Online Application to the University, including all supporting documents, e.g. application fee, GRE scores, by the University deadline. Apply for graduation with B.S. degree (total of 120 hours, including 12 Communication graduate hours).

How to apply:

To apply for the Combined B.S./M.S. Program – FSU Panama City, please follow the process identified below:

  1. Please fill out the Professional Communication-Corporate & Public Communication Application
  2. You must also fill out the form to “Take Graduate Courses” (for undergraduate students) located at the FSU Panama City Registrar’s Office.
  3. Both forms must be submitted to your Panama City advisor for review and approval.
  4. Your advisor will send all application materials to the College of Applied Studies at the FSU Panama City campus; Achievement Center, Room 108, Panama City, FL 32405-1099; Attention: Angie Sexton, Academic Program Specialist.
  5. Before the Dean and Associate Dean will approve your application for the Combined Degree, the Academic Program Specialist will verify your overall GPA and junior status. This includes verification of your upper GPA and GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores.
  6. All students are required to apply to the Corporate & Public Communication Program online at during their last semester before the university deadline.
  7. After you have been accepted, you may continue taking graduate courses at the Panama City campus. The Academic Program Specialist will submit a form to request that your dual courses be transferred towards your graduate degree to the College of Applied Studies. All courses must have a grade of “B-“ or higher in order for the courses to count.

Complete M.S. degree (total of 33 graduate hours, including the 12 hours of dual coursework).

Approved Graduate Courses: Students are allowed substitute up to twelve (12) hours of face-to-face graduate coursework for the same number of undergraduate elective hours. The student must satisfy all prerequisites for specific graduate courses taken. The following list of classes, from the Corporate and Public Communication Master’s Degree program offered at the Panama City campus, qualify for dual coursework (all classes are 3 credit classes):

Theory & Principles:

  • COM 5409 Burke & Communication Theory
  • COM 6403 Advanced Problems: Integrated Marketing Communication
  • MMC 5600 Mass Communication Theory and Effects
  • SPC 5545 Studies in Persuasion

Research and Methods:

  • COM 5127 Assessing Organizational Communication
  • COM 5316 Statistical Methods in Communication Research


  • COM 5526 Marketing Communication Management
  • ADV 5503 Media Consumer Behavior
  • COM 5469 Communication Planning and Dispute Resolution
  • SPC 5442 Group Dynamics and Leadership
  • SPC 6920r Colloquium in Sp. Communication: Training & Consulting

Additional Information:

The B.S. will be awarded as soon as the undergraduate requirements are satisfied. When the requirements for the master’s degree are met, the M.S. will be awarded.

Directed Individual Study, internships, or courses given credit by examination are not eligible for dual credit.

Grades of C- or better on graduate courses will apply towards the B.S. degree, but grades of B- or better must be achieved to have those courses count towards the M.S. degree.


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