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Communication

MA

Program Overview

Work with accomplished professors in a small and motivating environment as you build your knowledge of the principles and theories of human communication. You'll graduate prepared for several careers as well as competitive doctoral programs in Communication.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 33

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Develop the skills to evaluate and apply theory and research methods in our rigorous master's in communication program. You'll work with faculty on independent research, conference presentations and other scholarly projects.

Over 75% of our faculty have published a considerable work of scholarship within the last two years.

Our program allows you to develop research projects of your choosing. Students in the past have co-authored or co-researched projects on the #metoo movement, civility in political debates, social support during campus crises and more. Over half of our previous MA students have presented their research at an academic conference.

Additionally, you can gain teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant, teaching undergraduate communication courses. GTAs receive substantial teaching preparation and a tuition waiver and stipend. This is extremely valuable if you're planning to pursue a doctoral program afterward.

Approximately 25% of our students continue in a nationally-recognized doctoral program. The rest pursue careers in business, non-profit work, marketing, higher-ed administration and more.

Program Highlights

As a communication student here, you'll:

  • Collaborate on research projects of your choosing with accomplished professors and scholars.
  • Enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio better than 1:1 for individualized attention.
  • Gain valuable teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant with a stipend and full tuition waiver.
  • Explore internship opportunities to develop your career.
  • Have the opportunity to present research at conferences like the National Communication Association Annual Conference, the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, and the Michigan Undergraduate and Graduate Communication Conference.
  • Develop research skills with social media.
  • Develop teaching and research skills to prepare you for acceptance to nationally-recognized PhD programs in communication.

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Careers & Outcomes

A master’s in communication can prepare you for graduate study at the doctorate level as well as for careers in business, teaching, government and more. With experience in research, writing and teaching, you’ll be equipped for several roles.

Career Projected Salary
Global Communications Manager $81,205
Communications Director $78,854
Director of Government Affairs $74,216
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