Communication Studies MA

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies degree program is a 30-hour, theory-based field of study designed to promote understanding of the functions of human communication in its various forms and venues. Students in the program learn to analyze, manage, and assess communication in oral, written, and visual forms. The program emphasizes these substantive research areas: rhetoric and political discourse, interpersonal communication, communication and culture, and organizational leadership.

Communication Studies MA

Degree Options


Comprehensive Exam: for students who wish to fulfill teaching requirements in communication studies, pursue advanced degree work or apply knowledge to relevant industry careers.

It requires a comprehensive written examination to demonstrate proficient knowledge in theory, method and emphasis areas.


Thesis: for students who plan to continue their graduate education.

It requires an original research project in a specific area of interest.


Capstone Portfolio: for students who plan to pursue professional careers.

It requires an internship or professional project and submission of a final capstone portfolio that provides a comprehensive overview of the work completed.

UA Online

This degree program option is well suited for working professionals who specialize in organizational leadership. The 30-hour program consists of 12 hours of core theory courses, 3 hours in research methods, 12 hours in the Organizational Leadership emphasis, and a 3 hour capstone seminar course.

Doctoral Program

The C&IS doctoral program overseen by the Office for Graduate Studies provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of communication and information sciences. M.A. candidates in Communication Studies may choose to apply for admission into the program, either on an expedited track through the master’s program or as a subsequent program after completing the M.A.


Available for undergraduates only, the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) offers majors in Communication Studies the opportunity to earn both a BA and MA within five years.