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The Power of Choice

Design a program that fits your unique communication interests.

Our program focuses on close faculty mentoring, a broad range of communication knowledge and skills and personalized growth toward each student’s goals.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Students who have completed our program are prepared for leadership positions in a variety of fields, including business, education, media, politics, social and human services, health, arts and entertainment, public administration, technology, public relations, advertising, and human resource development. The program also prepares students for doctoral study, and for teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. After completing foundational courses in research and theory, you will build on your interests and goals by selecting courses from the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Media and Journalism, as well as related departments throughout the University.

Some of our recent graduates have crafted their degree programs around:

  • Communication in cross-cultural adaptation
  • Gender stereotypes in media
  • Persuasive techniques in political campaigns
  • Provider-patient interaction in health care
  • Sports and community identity

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. A minimum of 15 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in Communication Studies, Mass Communication, or a related discipline
  5. Three letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  6. Statement of Purpose
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Communication in the current graduate catalog.

Application Deadline

  • Priority: March 31

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