M.A. in Communication Studies

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Overview of M.A. in Communication Studies

Welcome to the M.A. in Communication Studies. In a competitive job market, effective communication is essential to leadership and to building strong, successful working relationships. A Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies will build your theoretical knowledge and research skills while also providing you opportunities to apply your growing knowledge. With opportunities for online classes, a certificate in Digital Media Marketing, and experienced faculty teaching courses, we will help you attain the next level of success that you are looking for.


Graduate courses in Communication Studies provide students with experience in a range of communication contexts from interpersonal to mass communication and all points in between. Our faculty are active scholars eager to work with graduate students through advising theses, directing independent studies, and other opportunities.  Learn more about our courses and view the course catalog.

Digital Media Marketing Certificate

In addition to our M.A. in Communication Studies, we also offer a graduate certificate in Digital Media Marketing (DMM) that can be completed as part of your M.A. or on its own. The certificate program is only four courses (i.e., 12 credits) and can be completed as an undergraduate or graduate student. The course offerings for the DMM are 100% online and the requirements can be completed within one calendar year. Please note that you do not need to be in the Communications Studies M.A. to enroll in and complete the DMM Certificate. Learn more about our certificate program.

Testimonials From Former Students

Our alumni choose many different paths upon completing their degrees. We are thankful that many alumni remain active in the COM program by engaging in mentoring relationships with current students, returning for social events, and providing networking opportunities. Read more about what our alumni are doing.

Handbook for the M.A. in Communication Studies

The handbook provides an overview of program options (e.g., thesis vs. non-thesis track), comprehensive exams, degree requirements, and general guidelines to get you ready for success in the M.A. Please download the Graduate Handbook .

Admissions and Admission Requirements

Application to the Master of Arts Program in the Department of Communication Studies is made through the Graduate School Office and Sponsored Research. An admission application packet should be obtained online directly from that office and returned to the same office upon completion. Please go to the WCU Graduate page and select "Apply Now" to obtain the packet. Learn more about Admission into our program here.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For information on graduate tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar's Tuition page.

The Department does not offer direct financial aid. It does, however, receive authorization for a limited number of graduate assistantships each year through the Office of the Graduate School and Sponsored Research. The Department makes every effort to direct deserving students toward financial support.


Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Meghan Mahoney

Department Chairperson

Lisa Millhous, Ph.D.

Department Administrative Assistant

Marisol Padilla