MA Communication

The ability to communicate effectively is the skill most associated with professional and personal success and satisfaction. Understanding how to manage conflict, persuade others, and articulate complex ideas simply and clearly --- and to be able to do so across communication media --- is fundamental to creating a fulfilling career in any field.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MA Communication

The MA program in communication is designed to provide professionals with advanced training in the theory and practice of communication, preparing them for success in their careers and a dynamic job market.

The flexible delivery offers easy access to a rigorous education that delivers instruction in social influence, best workplaces practices and more. The program includes a culminating experience that allows students to focus their training in their areas of interest.

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: online
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

Required Core (12 credit hours)

COM 501 Research Methods in Communication (3)
COM 504 Theories and Models in Communication (3)
COM 530 Training and Development (3)
COM 540 Conducting Communication Research (3)

Electives (Students must choose 15 credit hours of COM 500-Level Electives) 

COM 514 Topic: Communication and Gender (3)
COM 515 Topic: Communication in the Workplace (3)
COM 517 Topic: Communication and Conflict Transformation (3)
COM 518 Topic: Communication in Global Contexts (3)
COM 519 Topic: Social Influence and Persuasion (3)
COM 520 Topic: Crisis Management and Communication (3)
COM 521 Topic: Negotiation Theory and Practice (3)
COM 598 Topic: Race and Communication (3)
COM 598 Topic: Health Communication and Social Change (3)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)

COM 550: Capstone (3)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in communication or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. proof of English proficiency
  4. resumé and personal statement

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

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