Program Description

Central Michigan University’s Master of Arts in Communication provides students with a broad background in the theories and principles that guide human communication. Within a stimulating yet challenging educational environment, students learn to evaluate and apply communication theory and research methods to analyze communication problems in everyday life and work situations.



Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Students can serve as graduate teaching assistants in the department's basic oral communication competency course. In addition to teaching assistantships, graduate students may serve as debate/forensics assistants, working with our nationally recognized debate program. Finally, many students also collaborate with professors on ongoing research activities.  These collaborations can lead to conference presentations as well as scholarly publications.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MA in Communication program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited four-year university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours; and
  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 15 semester hours of communication courses.

Application deadlines for Fall admission are March 15, and for Spring admission are October 15. Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.  

Graduation Requirements

The student's program of study will consist of at least 27 hours of coursework and either a thesis (six credit hours) or a comprehensive exam. Those choosing the comprehensive exam option must also complete six credit hours of additional coursework (electives). 


For More Information

Dr. Shelly Schaefer Hinck
Graduate Director
Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts
Moore Hall 333
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
989-774-3177
hinck1ss@cmich.edu