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Communication, M.A.


Apply advanced communications concepts and practices for various careers.


Master of Arts (M.A.)






30 Credit Hours

Course Requirements

What You'll Learn in the communication master's program

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. 

What You Can Do with a master of Arts in Communication 

A master's degree in communication prepares you for leadership and managerial roles in various communication fields and is a valuable asset in any field where strong written and verbal communication skills are valued.  

What makes MSU's program different

Our program is completely online and can be completed in as little as one year, allowing you to earn your degree at your own pace and fit classes into your busy schedule. 

Admission to the communication master's program

To enroll in the program, you must be accepted for graduate study at MSU.

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfactory undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must meet the Graduate School's requirement of a minimum 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA for general admission to graduate study at MSU. 
  2. Sufficient academic preparation in the communication field. Applicants should have completed an undergraduate major or minor in communication. Where an applicant is judged to have insufficient academic preparation in the communication field, such as completing fewer than nine credit hours in oral communication and/or media-related communication. Additional courses may be required to qualify for unconditional admission. 
  3. Satisfactory GRE score or alternative qualification. Applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements: 
  4. GPA/GRE Index - A minimum INDEX score of 781 according to this formula: Undergraduate cumulative GPA x (GRE verbal score + GRE quantitative score), with a minimum GRE verbal score of 146. 
  5. Completed MA degree - Documentation of a completed Master of Arts degree from an institutionally accredited school will exempt the applicant from having to take the GRE and satisfy the GPA x GRE index. 
  6. 4.0 GPA on the first nine hours of COMM graduate courses. Alternatively, applicants who meet requirements 1 and 2 may request conditional admission and circumvent taking the GRE by completing their first nine graduate credit hours in Communication at MSU with a GPA of 4.0. Students who fail to achieve a 4.0 after completing nine credit hours at MSU in Communication must then take the GRE and meet the minimum GRE/GPA index score before taking additional credit hours in COMM courses. 
  7. TOEFL - Students who speak English as a foreign language must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 525 to be considered for admission to the program. 
  8. 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. 

Contact Us

Department of Communication, Media, Art & Design

211A Claypool-Young Art Building
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2766
FAX: 606-783-2457