Arizona State University offers an online Master of Arts in Communication program through its Hugh Downs School of Communication. The program can be completed entirely online and does not require any campus visits. Students use an online learning management system to access course information such as syllabi, submit assignments, watch interactive lecture and seminar videos, interact with classmates via discussion boards, and communicate with instructors through email and messaging platforms.
The online Master of Arts in Communication program requires students to complete 30 credit hours of study across ten classes*. Classes last seven and a half weeks each, and the program can be completed in approximately 20-24 months of full-time study. Curriculum is divided between required courses (9 credits), electives requirements (18 credits), and a culminating experience (3 credits). Courses cover a range of professional areas, including human resources, public relations, marketing, corporate communications, consulting, and more. This course of study helps students develop advanced communication skills, teaching them how to communicate effectively in local, national, and global contexts; handle workplace dynamics; and manage conflicts, crises, and public relations issues.
Required coursework includes three classes that introduce students to the fundamentals of communication, examining theories, comparative analysis, research methodologies, and principles of contemporary research in communication. After finishing the required classes, students transition into a six-class series of elective communication coursework. Subjects in this section of the program cover applied learning principles in communication, such as conflict management and transformation, social influence, communication in global contexts, communication in the workplace, and more.
To satisfy degree requirements, students must also complete a 3-credit capstone class. Working with a faculty mentor, students apply their class-based knowledge to an applied learning project that fosters their career development. Through the project, students address a problem, issue, or communication question related to their professional area of interest. Sample projects include creating a communication training program, analyzing marketing campaigns, or facilitating communication education workshops.
Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.
Online Master of Arts in Communication
Department: Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Specializations/Concentrations: Focus in Workplace Communication
Structure: Online program with no required campus visits
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction
Campus Visits Required: No
Program Length: Program can be completed in as little as 20 months
Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: Capstone experience / project
Credits Required: 30 credits (10 courses)*
Example Courses: Research Methods in Communication; Theories and Models in Communication; Communication in the Workplace; Communication in Global Contexts; Communication & Conflict Transformation; Persuasion & Social Influence; Training & Development
Degree Required: Bachelor's degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 in last 60 hours of bachelor's degree
Testing Requirements: GRE not required
Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission
Estimated Tuition: ~$16,650 + fees**
Cost per Credit Hour: $555 per credit hour (not including books & minimal university fees)*
State Authorizations: Program accepts students from all 50 states
*Note: Credit, course, and tuition information as of 12/2018.
**Tuition is calculated based on credits and the current cost per credit hour. Estimated tuition represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year, and does not include additional fees. Please see the school website for the most up-to-date tuition costs.