M.A. in Business Communication

Business Communication students.

Preparing professionals to support and advance organizational strategy through communication excellence and leadership.

Options that Focus on Your Career Path

In today’s global, diverse and competitive marketplace, communication is an important core business management function. Rider’s 33-credit Master of Arts in Business Communication program can position you for leadership in your organization. Our program will introduce you to best practices and engage you in “real life” challenges and scenarios faced by professionals each day.  

  • Connect key business concepts to effective communication strategies
  • Convenient evening classes at Rider's Lawrenceville campus let you work full time while earning your degree
  • Ideal for current communication professionals, as well as recent graduates with majors in marketing, advertising or public relations

The program includes courses from Rider’s Norm Brodsky College of Business, which holds prestigious accreditation by AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Students also benefit from Rider’s central location between New York City and Philadelphia.

Curriculum Focus (33 Credits Total)

Professional Development (18 credits)

  • Corporate & Persuasive Discourse - 3 credits
  • Legal & Ethical Issues for Professional Communicators - 3 credits
  • Business Presentation Strategies - 3 credits
  • Strategic Business Writing - 3 credits
  • Visual Communication - 3 credits
  • Information Gathering & Analysis - 3 credits

Global Insights (3 credits)

  • Communicating in Multicultural Workplaces - 1.5 Credits
  • Communication in a Global Market - 1.5 credits

Leadership and Teamwork (3 credits)

  • Effective Group Communication - 1.5 credits
  • Communication and Organization Culture - 1.5 credits

Business Foundation (6 credits)
*or equivalent course substitution selected by the program director. 

  • Fundamentals of Accounting - 3 credits
  • Economic Analysis - 3 credits
  • Project Management - 3 credits
  • Electronic Commerce - 3 credits

Capstone (3 credits)

The final course in the program provides students with the opportunity to use the skills they learned in other MABC courses to investigate a business communication challenge or issue. Students consult with a faculty advisor as they produce the research needed to make recommendations for a business.

Program Format

Classes are held weekday evenings and occasionally Saturday mornings during the fall and spring Semesters on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. Courses may be held in-person, online, or in a hybrid format, allowing you flexibility. The program can be completed in one year if entering as a 4+1 candidate, or in 2 years if working full-time.


The M.A. in Business Communication program is led by a highly credentialed faculty whose members bring rich professional experience in business as well as outstanding academic backgrounds to the classroom. Many are published authors, hold positions of leadership in regional and national professional organizations, and are sought after by businesses and organizations for their expertise as consultants and advisors.

Admission Information

All applications must include:

  • A completed Rider University Application for Graduate Study:
    Apply to M.A. Business Communication
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended.
  • A current resume
  • 500-1500 word statement of aims and objectives that indicates your reasons for pursuing graduate study in business communication.
  • Personal interview by invitation, following an initial screening by the Admission Office
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores, if English is not your native language, and you did not attend a U.S. university for a previous undergraduate or graduate degree program.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Entry Aug. 1
Spring Entry Dec. 1
Summer Entry May 1

For more information, please contact:

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Associate Professor, Director M.A. Business Communication and M.A. Health Communication
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Currently, Allison Weidhaas, Ph.D., combines two fun and rewarding careers, public relations and higher education. After 10 years assisting a variety of companies with their public relations needs and teaching part-time, she returned to school to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida.