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Communication Studies M.A.

Jan. 9, 2023

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Navigate Organizational Networks Effectively

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences creates leaders who have an ability to communicate strategically and with a diverse audience. Through this program, graduates translate fundamental ideas of communication into real-life applications. By learning innovative strategies for effective solutions, graduates develop skills to respond to crises that organizations may encounter. You will succeed in the workplace by having strong organizational interpersonal, critical-thinking, and written communication skills. The workplace of the 21st century is based on information exchange – on developing core communication literacies to effectively engage multiple information sources and receivers in an increasingly crowded and connected digital landscape – and our program prepares graduates who can meet those demands.

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Learning Formats

Online Asynchronous

Start Date

January 9, 2023
August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Program Details

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This program is designed for working professionals who want to enhance their communications skills to advance in the workplace. Students will learn how to navigate organizational networks effectively, influence clients, coworkers, and administrators, and interact with people from diverse populations. Improved communication competence in one-on-one and group interactions, along with the proper use of technology and social media to effectively communicate will also be highlighted.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average from an accredited college or university. Those who have a GPA less than 2.75 may be accepted as a provisional student who can then be admitted to the program after completing two graduate courses with a grade of B or better.


The program does not require GRE/GMAT scores or letters of recommendation.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Communication Studies M.A. requires 36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $658.

Total Degree Cost

$23,688 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $658
3 $1,974
6 $3,948
9 $5,922

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Communications Studies M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Communications Professor
Projected Growth: 4-6%

English and Literature Professor
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Public Relations Specialist
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Education Administrator - Postsecondary
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Technical Writer
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

General Manager
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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