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The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication provides advanced study of communication for professionals currently in the workforce, and for recent graduates of appropriate bachelor degree programs. This 30 credit hour program offers both a non-thesis and thesis option. The non-thesis option consists of a 9 credit hour core and 21 credit hours of electives, while the thesis option combines the 9 credit hour core with 15 hours of electives and 6 hours of thesis. The program may be completed online and in as little as twelve months. The pace required to achieve a one-year cycle typically mandates full-time graduate student status and is challenging.

Through a balance of core and specialty courses, you will broaden your knowledge of the communication field while learning the theory and practice necessary to raise your communication competence to higher levels. 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.

You may further develop your expertise by participating in communication seminars, and individualize your learning through directed research and internship courses.


This program is available on the Morehead campus and online.

Program Requirements

You must meet MSU's admission requirements, as well as the requirements listed below.

  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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 4.0 GPA on 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.
  4. 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.

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.

Career Opportunities

 Career opportunities include:

  • Community college education
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Media specialties
  • Public relations
  • Training and corporate education

Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.