In a world in which communication is central to human endeavor, the Master in Communication Studies (M.A.) program connects students to great opportunities. Our graduates, who earn the Master’s Degree in Communication, enjoy success in a range of communication professions and fields, from digital media production to public relations to organizational development to communication theory.
The curriculum extends from strengthening written and oral mastery to laying the foundation for advanced work in communication research. The program encourages the student to select classes to support one’s own interests. The program is committed to the development of leadership, and to the university’s position of national leadership in promoting an ethic of service to community and country, fostering scientific and humanistic research, and advancing social mobility.
Students who work full-time may complete the program by taking evening courses. Advanced St. Mary’s undergraduate students, through careful planning, may complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. A joint program with the School of Law enables students to expeditiously complete the J.D. and the Master’s in Communication.
Each student begins by working individually with the graduate director to design a program suited to the student’s specific needs, hopes, and aspirations. Starting in fall 2013, Communications Studies graduate students also have the option of earning a certificate in Public Communication, Public Policy and Public Leadership.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Admission is granted only to those with high promise for success in graduate study. Potential may be demonstrated by significant professional experience, previous schooling, and test scores recorded within the past five years on the GRE . A minimum GPA of 3.1 is acceptable, with special consideration given to course work in the broad field of Communication Studies. Generally, students must provide acceptable test scores at the time of enrollment. If students are otherwise highly qualified, they may take the GRE during their first semester of enrollment with continued enrollment contingent upon test results.
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