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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication provides advanced study of communication for professionals currently in the workforce, and for recent graduates of appropriate bachelor degree programs. This 30-credit hour program offers non-thesis and thesis options. The non-thesis option consists of a 9-credit hour core and 21-credit hours of electives, while the thesis option combines the 9-credit hour core with 15 hours of electives and 6 hours of thesis. The program may be completed online and in as little as twelve months. The pace required to achieve a one-year cycle typically mandates full-time graduate student status and is challenging.

Through a balance of core and specialty courses, you will broaden your knowledge of the communication field while learning the theory and practice necessary to raise your communication competence to higher levels. Core courses cover writing, research, and theory, while specialty courses explore diverse areas such as organizational, intercultural, and small group communication, advanced public speaking, popular culture and communication media, and media criticism.

You may further develop your expertise by participating in communication seminars, and individualize your learning through directed research and internship courses.

Program Requirements

You must meet MSU's admission requirements, as well as the requirements listed below.

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. GRE score multiplied by undergraduate cumulative GPA must meet or exceed 781 (a minimum of 146 on the GRE verbal section). You may forego the GRE if:
    a. you provide documentation of a completed Master of Arts degree from a regionally accredited school, or
    b. you have completed 9 hours of graduate work at MSU with a GPA of 4.0.
  3. You must have a bachelor's degree in communication or another related field. Undergraduate courses may be required in cases where the undergraduate degree is deemed too far afield.
  4. GRE and TOEFL (for students who speak English as a foreign language) must be completed prior to admission to the program. Minimum TOEFL score of 525.

To complete the Master of Arts in Communication, candidates will present a portfolio to the entire graduate faculty in communication. Course grades are combined with the results of the exit examination to assess the student's performance.

For a complete list of program requirements for the Masters of Arts in Communication, visit the graduate catalog website. You may also view the Master of Arts in Communication curriculum map or degree plan.

Career Opportunities

 Career opportunities include:

  • Community college education
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Media specialties
  • Public relations
  • Training and corporate education

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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