Master of Arts in Communication Studies

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies immerses students in the ways advanced communication tactics can settle disputes, foster understanding and even affect societal change. 

Program at a glance

Admissions cycles: Fall, Spring
Application deadlines: Feb. 1, Oct. 1
Assistantship types available: Teaching
Graduate director: Sarah Blithe

Why choose this master's in Communication Studies?

This program helps students develop the theoretical foundation and skills needed to manage conflict across contexts. Students may focus on interpersonal, organizational or public areas of conflict management, and can include courses from other graduate areas of study to complement these emphases.

Key concepts in the curriculum include diversity, inclusion, tolerance, ethics, understanding, assertiveness and responsibility -- all values inherent in successful management of communications. The program emphasizes the ways communication can influence social meaning and change, preparing students to help build a more just world.

Graduates may pursue employment in areas such as public advocacy, labor relations, human resources and dispute resolution services. The degree can also be an asset for all types of management positions and for applying to related Ph.D. programs. 

Students pursuing this degree can opt for a thesis or non-thesis option. For current details on the curriculum, please see the course catalog.

How do I apply?

All applicants must meet the University Graduate School admissions requirements. Applicants to the Master of Arts in Communication Studies must submit the following materials with their Graduate School application:

  • GRE scores
  • Previous graduate coursework transcripts
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Letter of application
  • Contact information for three references

The program accepts applications in both fall and spring. Fall applications must be received by Feb. 1. Spring applications must arrive by Oct. 1.

Is funding available?

Teaching assistantships may be available to students. For details, please contact the graduate director.

What's next?

If you are ready to begin at the University, you can apply now. If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact:

Sarah Blithe, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies, Communication Studies
Office: Lincoln Hall 305
(775) 784-6826
sblithe@unr.edu



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