Author: Janelle Gergen, Online MS in Communications Student
Marriage. Parenting. Working full time outside the home. Embracing (or juggling!) these duties simultaneously on any given day can require extraordinary courage. This can also mean near-heroic superpowers are necessary to maintain a home with zeal, including the tasks of scrubbing toilets, washing dishes and doing piles of laundry.
So what happens when a wife/mom/employee or husband/dad/employee wants to pursue a master’s degree in communications? I am pleased to share with you: It’s possible! I chose Purdue’s online MS in Communication because I knew the program would allow me to continue to strive for greatness in all areas of my life.
Purdue’s online communications graduate program had the only two things you really need in order to do anything with your communications career:
1.) An Online Option
I just won’t negotiate the commitment I have to my family and employer so this communication graduate program is a perfect match that affords me the freedom I need to balance these responsibilities with graduate education. The asynchronous method of the online program allows me flexibility to complete coursework according to my schedule, which means it can take place in the early morning hours, during the afternoon or late in to the evening.
2.) Outstanding Curriculum
My background includes a variety of endeavors, specifically marketing, publishing, event-planning and corporate communications. The broad range of topics covered in the MS in Communication program’s core and elective courses suits not only my background, but that of virtually anybody. The program prepares students for positions of leadership. Courses are designed to equip graduates for effective communication methods that will serve them well in today’s expanding landscape of print and digital media. The strategic communications certificate option - completed in just six months - allows for an added credential while in pursuit of the full MS in Communication degree. The full curriculum can be completed in as little as 20 months.
James Humes once said, “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” Purdue MS in Communication is providing me the tools I need to enhance my capacities for leadership in a field I feel passionate about. Embracing (and juggling!) the additional role of ‘student’ isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
Janelle Gergen is a student in Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. The program can be completed in just 20 months and covers numerous topics critical for advancement in the communication industry, including crisis communication, social media engagement, focus group planning and implementation, survey design and survey analysis, public relations theory, professional writing, and communication ethics.
About the Author
Janelle Gergen obtained a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2005. She currently works in communications, serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston as Website Administrator and Associate Editor of Our Northland Diocese newspaper. She has been married for 12 years and is the mom of three children.
*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.