Webster University offers an online Master of Arts in Communication Arts program through its School of Education. This degree is designed for educators who are looking to advance their careers by expanding their knowledge of fields in the communication arts (e.g., literature, media, language arts). The program is entirely online and does not require students to attend any on-campus sessions. Webster uses WorldClassRoom, an online learning management system, to facilitate delivery of lectures and other course materials, as well as allow students to interact with their classmates and instructors.
The Master of Arts in Communication Arts requires 33 credits and can be completed in approximately 15 months of full-time study, with students taking two courses per term. Students who enroll part time can finish degree requirements in approximately 24 months, taking one course per term. While on-campus students have the option to select from multiple academic specializations, the online program currently only offers a General Communication Arts specialization.
Curriculum is divided between core coursework (15 credits) and emphasis/elective coursework (18 credits). Core classes focus on areas such as curriculum design, visual communication, teaching writing, interpersonal communication, oral communication, and applied research. Through this coursework, students learn how to bring advanced concepts of teaching, communication, and evaluation into their classrooms. One specific area these courses explore is visual content creation, including video production, and how to effective use this and other technology in educational settings. Students also develop communication skills that allow them to identify communication issues and implement strategic solutions in the classroom.
Unlike other academic specializations in the program, the General Communication Arts specialization is an individualized option. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a list of courses, including independent projects, that offer flexibility and meet the student’s personal, academic, and professional development needs. The program does not require a culminating thesis or capstone project.
Webster University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Online Master of Arts in Communications Arts (for Educators)
Department: School of Education
Specializations/Concentrations: Emphases in General Communication Arts
Websites: Department and Program
Structure: Online program with no required campus visits
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction through Webster's WorldClassRoom online learning management system
Campus Visits Required: No
Program Length: Full-time: program can be completed in ~15 months (2 courses per term); Part-time: program can be completed in ~2 years (1 course per term) (5 terms per year)
Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: No final project required
Credits Required: 33 credits (11 courses)
Example Courses: Oral Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Visual Communication; Written Communication; Teaching Writing; Curriculum Design; Applied Research
Degree Required: Bachelor's degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5 (GPA 2.0 to 2.5 may be eligible for conditional admission)
Testing Requirements: GRE not required
Start Dates: Five starts per year: Fall (1 & 2), Spring (1 & 2), and Summer
Estimated Tuition: ~$25,740 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $780 per credit hour
State Authorizations: Program accepts students from all 50 states