Degree Program Overview

The online graduate program in Communication Studies focuses on advanced topics in the field, including interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, computer mediated communication, persuasion, and family communication. These areas of study are important topics in communication research, and the Department of Communication Studies offers a useful and insightful combination of the topics in its online master's degree.

The master’s degree curriculum is designed for aspiring doctoral students in communication studies as well as professionals wishing to advance their career. It is also an attractive option for graduate students in Psychology, Education, Sociology, and Criminal Justice who are searching for a complementary minor. For some who aspire to a PhD in one of these fields, an MA in Communication Studies can serve as a useful stepping-stone.

In addition to the master’s degree, the department offers an 18-hour certificate program for those who wish to advance their careers. The online master's degree and the certificate programs are a great opportunity for elementary and secondary school teachers, community and small college instructors, human resources managers, and marriage and family counseling professionals to advance their careers.

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Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Master of Arts (MA)
Length 36 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Priority Application Deadlines

The review of applications will begin immediately following each deadline. However, additional applications will be considered after these dates until the cohort is finalized.

Application review for each semester begins:

  • Fall: March 1st
  • Spring: October 1st

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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