Master of Arts in Communication Studies


The Master of Arts in Communication Studies is offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. 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.

Admissions 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.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies requires 36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $631.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $631
3 $1,893
6 $3,786
9 $5,679

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies?

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.

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).

Communications Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator – Postsecondary

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

English and Literature Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Freelance Writer

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Technical Writer

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Public Relations Specialist

Projected Growth: 5-9%

General Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

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