Our vibrant community of scholars and teachers is committed to providing a real world, hands-on, and theoretically robust master's degree that will enrich your communication knowledge and skills for the twenty-first century. Our program is a 33-credit generalist degree designed to enhance students' intellectual and professional growth through the understanding and practice of effective communication. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. 

To learn more about the program, download an MA program flyer, read this interview about the program with Dr. Hamilton Bean, and check out the Graduate Handbook.

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What can you do with an MA in Communication?

Students who complete our program receive offers to top-notch PhD programs or accept positions related to communication management, public relations, human relations, and corporate and non-profit communication. Check out our alumni profiles and a flyer highlighting some of their accomplishments.

Some students choose to complete the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication. The Department provides "advanced standing” (a waiver for 6 of the 33 credits required for the MA degree) to applicants who have earned Accreditation in Publication Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

MA program learning outcomes

At the conclusion of our program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize communication concepts and theories to solve problems in professional, personal, and community/civic life 
  • Select and use appropriate methods to collect, analyze, and interpret data to answer communication research questions. 
  • Communicate ethically and effectively; orally, in writing, and across digital platforms.
  • Identify, critique, and evaluate research from across major fields of communication