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Master of Arts in Communication

About the Program

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With the rapid progression of technology, communication may have become easier and more convenient, but the complexity of the field has grown as well. Columbus State University's Master of Arts in Communication will prepare you to strategically craft messages through different mediums, communicate with clientele in a variety of settings, produce creative content, and manage communication campaigns.

Offering two tracks, Strategic Communication Management and Creative Services Management, the master’s program allows you to immerse yourself in both theory and practice. Learn how to apply communication constructs in the "real world," build relationships, and prepare yourself for the many career opportunities waiting for you.

Flexible Scheduling

We have a variety of flexible options so you can complete your degree either full-time or part-time. Classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends, hybrid, or online to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

Who Should Apply

If you are looking to advance your career, make a career change, move up to a managerial position, or refine your professional skills, the MA in Communication will provide you with the necessary skills to work as a skilled communicator and be a leader in the field.

Financial Aid

A limited number of departmental graduate assistantships are available for students who are enrolled in the master's program full-time. Assistantships provide a 50% tuition waiver and a small stipend each semester for approximately 10 hours of work per week. Applicants who will be attending full time and are interested in being considered for assistantship opportunities should note this on their departmental application.

Federal financial aid is also available for this program. At the graduate level, most federal financial aid is student loans. If you are interested in this option, you should file the FAFSA each year of the program.

Additionally, you may be eligible for tuition remission or reimbursement from your employers. Please check with your employer for available programs.

Career Opportunities

Earning your Master of Arts in Communication prepares you for various careers including:

  • Public Relations Director
  • Strategic Communication Specialist
  • Non-profit Communication Director
  • Creative Services Specialist
  • Social Media Director
  • Digital Communication Director

Degree Requirements

Click on the specific degree track or concentration below to learn more and view the specific degree requirements for each.

Admissions Requirements

Please see our admissions page for any general admission requirements or the academic catalog for any degree-specific admission requirements.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Admission to CSU's Graduate Program
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field*
  • A one-page statement of purpose for entering the master’s program
  • Current resume or CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation (academic or professional, no personal recommendations) using the provided form (PDF)
  • Brief department application, using the provided form (PDF)
  • Optional: writing sample or work portfolio (academic or professional)

*A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for the Bachelor’s degree completed. On a case-by-case basis, the program will review and admit applicants with less than a 3.0 on a 4-point scale, especially in the case of mid-career professionals whose professional accomplishments strongly demonstrate the ability to succeed in graduate school.

Keeping in line with current trends in the discipline, we do NOT require the GRE or other standardized tests for admission to the program.

All departmental/supplemental materials can be added to the Graduate School’s application for admission by emailing items to data_entry@columbusstate.edu.

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

From state scholarships to federal student aid, we’re here to help you take advantage of every educational resource.

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