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Master of Arts in Communication

Amanda Ruth-McSwain, Program Director


Program Description

This 33-hour master’s degree program is designed to develop an understanding of communication theory, the ability to conduct research, the capacity for critical thinking about communication problems, and the competencies required of a professional communicator, teacher or scholar Full- and part-time students are welcome. Students may choose a thesis option or a non-thesis option for completing the program. The thesis option requires completion of a traditional research project, with students registering for three credit hours of Master’s Thesis during each of two consecutive semesters (COMM 701-702). The non-thesis option requires completion of an approved three-credit hour graduate Internship (COMM 795), with a provision for waiving the internship requirement if a student demonstrates appropriate professional experience in a communication career. Students are permitted to take up to three cognate graduate hours at the College of Charleston outside the Communication program.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a 3.000 minimum GPA overall and 3.000 in the major
  • A minimum GRE composite score of 300 and 4.0 analytical writing.
  • Acceptable coursework in communication or a related discipline.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic sources (professors, advisors, etc.).
  • A writing sample demonstrating the candidate’s academic and research capabilities.
  • A statement of goals describing the candidate's interest in a master's degree in communication.
  • Personal interview with the Program Director (or the Director’s designee)

Application Deadline

This program only accepts applications for candidates intending to begin courses during the Fall semester. Applications are accepted through March 1.

Transfer Credit Policy

An applicant or student of the M.A. in Communication program can seek approval from the Program Director to accept up to nine transfer credit hours. These courses must have a grade of B or higher, and can count toward the degree requirements if the course description and syllabus closely match the parameters set by the Communication program. Courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” may be accepted.