Arkansas has three schools that offer a total of six master’s in communication programs. Of these six programs, five are campus-based, and one is online. Specializations available to students vary between programs, but examples of possible specializations include strategic communication, mass communication, public relations, and health communication. All the schools listed on this page are non-profit institutions that have been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in Arkansas

Arkansas State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies and a Master of Science in Mass Communications. Their MA in Communication program includes courses covering topics such as organizational communication, interpersonal communication, small group dynamics, health communication, public relations, and crisis communication. The MS in Mass Communications prepares students for scholarly research in the field of communication research and the study of how mass media reaches and impacts large populations. Within the MS program, students can select a degree emphasis in Journalism or Radio/TV.

The University of Arkansas’ J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Communication with a focus in Civic Engagement that prepares students to improve communications within organizations, between organizations and the public, and within communities. Students can select courses covering a wide range of topics, including legal and political communication, global and intercultural communication, health communication, representing diversity in media, content analysis and criticism, and issues of race and gender.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Department of Applied Communication offers a Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies, while its School of Mass Communication offers a Master of Arts in Mass Communication. The MA in Applied Communication Studies trains students in six areas of communication: organizational communication, interpersonal communication, conflict mediation, crisis communication, and experiential learning. After completing the core courses, students have the option of either focusing in Health Communication or choosing electives that match their career interests and goals. The MA in Mass Communication trains students to understand and evaluate mass media and its effect on large populations, conduct research in mass communication, and create effective mass communication strategies. The program offers a Mass Media Research track for students who wish to study and analyze scholarly research on mass communication, and a Professional Mass Media track that allows students to specialize in either Multi-platform Journalism or Strategic Communication/Public Relations.

Online Master’s in Communication Programs in Arkansas

At present, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is the only school in Arkansas that offers an online master’s in communication program, specifically their Master of Arts in Mass Communication. The curriculum, specialization options, and graduation requirements for the online version of the program is equivalent to that of the campus-based degree program.

In addition to the University of Arkansas’ online program, there are several out-of-state online master’s in communication programs that accept residents of Arkansas. This may be especially important for students in southern Arkansas who cannot commute to UA Little Rock for their on-campus programs and who want to specialize in a field not offered through the online program. Prospective students should keep in mind that some online programs may require them to attend one or more on-campus intensives during the program. These campus intensives vary in length, and aim to give students the opportunity to interact with course faculty and peers, and engage in hands-on learning experiences and networking events. Please visit our Online Master’s in Communication Programs page for more information.

Master’s in Communication Programs in Arkansas

Campus programs are defined as programs that have all of their instruction on campus, while Campus/Hybrid programs are defined as programs that blend on-campus and online/distance instruction, but whose courses are mostly campus-based. Online programs are defined as programs that are either 100% online with no campus visits, or those that require 1 to 2 campus visits per year. Online/Hybrid programs are defined as programs that require 3 to ~5 campus visits per year, with the rest of instruction taking place online.

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