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M.A. in Communication

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About the Master's in Communication

The Master of Arts in Communication is designed to develop and refine communication skills for multiple audiences. With a strong emphasis on theory, research, analysis, and writing, students develop a sense of the varied communication needs of organizations. Our diverse student population brings experience of many organizational settings to our classes, which allows for rich discussions of how differences in organizational structure and culture impact communication. As students move through our curriculum, they are introduced to leadership styles, take on leadership roles in project development, and develop strategies for dealing with conflict. Through a combination of group and individual projects, students are encouraged to develop expertise in their area of interest, connecting theory to real-world situations from day one.

Every day, communication leaders are challenged to perform a variety of tasks. They need to write effectively for multiple audiences, conduct research in the field of communication, demonstrate strong analytical skills, develop strategies for communicating during conflict, and address communication questions from a variety of theoretical and ethical perspectives. If you're thinking of sharpening your skills and advancing your career in communication, think Marist!

Distinctions of the Marist M.A. in Communication Program

  • Completely online format is designed for convenience and accessibility with no residency required.
  • Program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years part-time.
  • Students have the option of completing a comprehensive exam or thesis.
  • Courses are eight weeks long allowing for an accelerated format.
  • Marist has many years of experience in online education and our diverse student-body represents a variety of educational, geographical, and professional backgrounds.

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Address communication questions from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
  • Write effectively for multiple audiences.
  • Conduct research in communication.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills.
  • Understand leadership styles.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with conflict.
  • Evaluate communication questions with multiple ethical perspectives.

Marist's MA in Communication can be pursued fully online full- or part-time with no residency requirement. Marist has many years of experience in online education and well-respected undergraduate programs in Communication and Media Arts. Building on that expertise, this accredited* MA in Communication brings the quality of our traditional programs to students all over the United States.

*The Master of Arts in Communication is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also registered with the New York State Board of Education.

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Kimyetta Hayden, MA '14

Adjunct Instructor of Communication: Georgia Military College, Ohio Christian University 
Worldwide Discipleship Association: Director of Connection

Attending Marist was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had a number of colleges on my list, but Marist stood out to me during my vetting process. I’m grateful that I chose Marist. I have no regrets because, after one year in school, I completed my Master's Degree with a very high GPA, but more importantly with increased knowledge and skills that were important for my personal and professional growth.