Master of Arts in Communication
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.
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Description of program
Students take part in a diverse, flexible curriculum that prepares them to lead and/or advocate for others in a variety of settings. Students gain an understanding of theoretical approaches in the field of communication, interpret scientific literature, develop research skills, create and critique messages in a variety of interpersonal and mediated contexts, and explore principles of ethical responsibility. The program 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 areas of focus: 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 courses in areas such as communication in health contexts, persuasion, creating communication campaigns, and the effects of and uses for media messages.
Beyond the classroom
Graduate assistant assistantships provide students with professional experiences in teaching, editing, research, publications and work in department-affiliated radio, television and social opportunities and studios. The program also offers opportunities for working with real-world clients and for student travel and presentation at regional and national academic research 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.