The James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte offers an entirely online Master of Arts in Communication degree that can be finished in as few as 18 months. Courses use asynchronous instruction, allowing students to access syllabi, course assignments, class discussions, and required readings on their own schedule. However, assignments and other class requirements must be submitted according to each instructor’s deadlines. The program uses Canvas, an online learning management system where students interact with their classmates and instructors via discussion boards, video conferencing, and instant messaging.

Students in this program learn how to analyze different forms of communication, and to improve communication dynamics within a variety of applied frameworks. They also gain an understanding of the foundational principles of communication theory, and learn how to apply that theory to practical communication strategies. Coursework also introduces students to traditional and digital media tools that are used to create communication plans and messages in print, digital, and other communication mediums.

The curriculum for this program is comprised of 10 courses, or 30 credits. Students take 12 credits of core courses in communication theory and research methods, communication ethics, and intercultural communication. From there, they complete 18 more credits of courses according to their interests and professional goals. The program also offers two optional graduate certificates in Strategic Communication and Organizational Communication. These two graduate certificates are 15 course credits each, and are stackable, which means that by completing both certificates students fulfill the course requirements for the Master of Arts in Communication degree.

The Organizational Communication certificate is comprised of courses in organizational communication principles, group and team dynamics, and communication and leadership. The Strategic Communication certificate consists of courses on the principles of public relations, organizational identity and branding, and strategic digital design. Other electives that are part of the program cover topics such as creativity and networks, crisis communication, media theory and criticism, digital community engagement, and interpersonal communication.

Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Online Master of Arts in Communication

Department: James L. Knight School of Communication
Specializations/Concentrations: Optional Specializations in Strategic Communication, and Organizational Communication

Program Format
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 18 months
Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Credits Required: 30 credits (10 courses)
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: No thesis or capstone required
Example Courses: Communication Theory; Communication Ethics; Principles of Public Relations; Organizational Identity and Branding; Strategic Digital Design; Organizational Communication; Digital Community Engagement

Application Requirements
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0
Testing Requirements: GRE not required
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's degree; personal statement; two letters of recommendation

Tuition Costs
Estimated Tuition*: ~$28,500 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $950 per credit hour

State Authorizations: Program accepts students from all 50 states

*Estimated tuition is calculated by multiplying the cost per credit hour by the number of credits required to graduate. It does not include fees or other expenses.