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Master of Arts in Communication

Starting in Fall 2019, our graduate-level program in communication offers a diverse, flexible curriculum that prepares students to lead and/or advocate for others in multiple career and academic fields.

About the MA in Communication

In the Masters of Arts in Communication, our curriculum follows two focus areas: Leadership and Advocacy. Students gain an understanding of theoretical approaches in the field of communication, learn to interpret qualitative and quantitative scientific literature, develop research skills, and explore principles of ethical responsibility. The curriculum prepares students to succeed in professional positions involving leadership and advocacy in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations or for continued study in a Ph.D. program.

Areas of Study

Students in this 33-credit degree select from two concentrations: communication leadership and communication advocacy. The leadership concentration focuses on oral, written and visual communication and organizational skills, while the advocacy concentration teaches best use of communication theories and practices to advocate for others. In addition, the program offers special topics and contexts that include the communication discipline, health contexts, pedagogy and persuasion.

This program meets the needs of working professionals by offering evening classes and opportunities for independent studies.  While an undergraduate degree is required for admission, students can be successful in this program without having an undergraduate degree in communication.

Outside the Classroom

Graduate assistantships provide students with professional experiences in teaching, editing, research, publications and other specific mediated genres including radio, television, social media and digitized environments. The program also offers opportunities for student travel and presentation at regional and national academic conferences. Financial stipends are available, and assistantships are highly competitive.

The Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts also has several production facilities that offer students hands-on experiences with professional-level equipment and software. Learn more about our production resources, The Athenaeum Press and other experiential learning initiatives.


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