Master of Arts in Communication

(Video created by undergraduate HPU Communication students)

Effective communication and the ability to express ideas clearly in both the written and spoken word is a critical skill for everyone, both personally and professionally. Nearly every profession also requires successful communication. Graduates of the MACOM program at HPU are uniquely prepared for thriving careers across a wide spectrum of industries.

  • Students with an MACOM degree choose a variety of career paths, including advertising; mass media; public relations; entertainment; broadcast, traditional, and online journalism; education; and other fields.

  • Opportunities for some HPU MACOM students include advanced doctoral study in communication or other related fields.

  • By their choice of electives and capstone projects, MACOM students elect to focus their studies in one of the following fields: integrated communication, multimedia, public relations, advertising, or journalism.

One important communication consideration is recognizing cultural diversity. Not only does the MACOM program take a global view, the learning environment at HPU is also multi- cultural. Located in the center of the Pacific Rim, Honolulu is a cosmopolitan city with a busy, international business community. This attracts a wide range of learners. In fact, HPU students come from all 50 states and nearly 65 countries.

  • Because Honolulu is a uniquely international city, MACOM students have opportunities for jobs and internships with many multinational companies. Classrooms are centrally located in the downtown financial district of Honolulu, near the state legislature, print and television news organizations, media production companies, public relations firms, and advertising agencies.

  • Faculty in HPU’s MACOM program are excellent teachers and involved mentors for all students. Their awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, the Walt Disney-Hollywood Pictures Fellowship Writer’s Award, the Lawrence A. Frost Literary Award, the HPU Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence, and the CLIO Award for Advertising, to name a few.

  • Joint degree programs between MACOM and Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MACOM and Master of Arts in Organizational Change (MAOC) are available.

  • The MACOM is a professionally oriented curriculum, but students planning to continue studies toward the Ph.D will find the program’s intellectual breadth and depth, academic rigor, and emphasis upon integrating theory with practical application perfectly aligned with their future plans.

  • Understand and be able to apply a variety of communication theories.

  • Understand and be able to employ research techniques used in the social sciences to analyze, interpret, and present data effectively.

  • Write clearly, concisely, correctly, and in an appropriate style for the communication objective.

  • Develope the ability to apply communication principles in various contexts and to projects for actual clients.

  • Demonstrate dynamic, effective, and persuasive oral communication skills.


  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

Recent MACOM graduates enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:

  • City Bank

  • Fox News

  • ESPN Sports

  • Oceanic Time-Warner

  • Clear Channel Communications

  • Cox Radio

  • IBM

  • Motorola

  • Oceanic Cable

  • Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

  • Starr Seigle Advertising

  • Stryker Weiner and Yokota Public Relations

  • Time Warner

  • U.S. Army

  • U.S. Navy

  • Verizon

Success comes naturally to HPU MACOM alumni, including:

  • Olena Heu (‘13), President, Olena Heu SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTING; former morning news anchor, Fox KHON2, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Lalit ( Cherry) Kanavivatchai (‘10), Senior Strategic Planning Manager, McCann Worldgroup, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Edyta Tudruj (‘10), Account Executive, Primum Public Relations, Warsaw, Poland

  • Katie Vanes (’09), Media Relations Manager, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

  • Jason Cutinella (‘06), CEO & Founder, Nella Media Group, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Naomi Giambrone (’05), Owner and Co-publisher, Element Media, Honolulu, Hawaii