There are currently five schools in Louisiana that offer a total of seven master’s in communication programs, six of which are campus-based and one of which is online. Amongst these seven program offerings, students have the choice to specialize in areas such as mass communication, organizational communication, global communication, and communication studies. All of the schools listed on this page are non-profit educational institutions that have been regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in Louisiana
Schools throughout Louisiana offer master’s in communication degree programs. Grambling State University’s Department of Mass Communication offers a Master of Arts in Mass Communication that is designed to prepare students to engage with journalistic content, mass communications, and public relations writing, and to apply communication skills and strategies to online media production. Core courses in this program cover theories of mass communication, communication and technology, research methods in communication, and communication ethics. Elective courses in this program investigate such topics as media management and public opinion, public affairs communication, issues in radio and television, media systems, intercultural communication, and the history of and current developments in mass media.
Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Manship School of Mass Communication in Baton Rouge has a Master of Mass Communication with two tracks–one for students interested in scholarly work and a doctoral degree, and students who are seeking advanced professional training in mass communication. Within these tracks, students can choose electives that enable them to pursue advanced studies in strategic communication, political communication, or journalism. LSU’s Department of Communication Studies also offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, with specialization options in Interpersonal Communication, Performance Studies, and Rhetoric. Students of this program may take classes covering topics such as communication in culture, health communication, political communication, performance art and narrative, argumentation, rhetoric in art, communication in the criminal justice system, and organizational communication.
Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Languages and Communication, located in Hammond, offers a Master’s in Organizational Communication that covers important topics in how people within organizations communicate with one another and with the broader public. Classes in this program cover a wide range of subjects and skills that are relevant to the evaluation and development of effective organizational communications. Such topics include interpersonal communication, new communication technologies and their applications, writing for special interests, research in organizational communication, organizational diversity and culture, and campaign development. This program does not require a thesis, but all students must take a written and oral comprehensive examination.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Science in Communication that trains students to pursue either an academic career in communication at the doctorate level, or a professional path that involves creating content for corporations and/or non-profit or governmental organizations. This program offers five different areas of study: Advertising, International Communication, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, Mass Communication (Broadcasting & Journalism), and Public Relations. After completing core courses in communication theory, communication research design and analysis, communication law and ethics, and the fundamentals of graduate studies, students take electives according to their chosen concentration. Students are also required to complete either a research-based master’s thesis on a topic within their field of specialization, or a professional project.
The University of Louisiana Monroe’s School of Humanities offers a Master of Arts in Communication with focus areas in Media Studies, Communication and Culture, and Performance and Rhetorical Studies. This program emphasizes an interdisciplinary course of study and gives students flexibility in their electives so that they can tailor their program to their interests. Students in this program take core courses in mass communication and communication theory, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods before progressing to electives that cover topics such as rhetorical theory, semantics, nonverbal communication, health communication, communication and gender, and advanced concepts in persuasive rhetoric.
Online Master’s in Communication Programs for Residents of Louisiana
At present, only one school in Louisiana offers an online master’s in communication program. In the fall of 2018, the University of Louisiana Monroe’s School of Humanities will offer an online version of their campus-based Master of Arts in Communication program. This program will be 100% online, and will have a Strategic Communication focus. Classes that will comprise this program cover topics in quantitative and qualitative research methods for communication, conflict mediation and interpersonal communication, persuasion, organizational communication, creative media strategy, public relations, and contemporary communication criticism.
In addition to the program at the University of Louisiana Monroe, there are several out-of-state schools that offer accredited online master’s in communication programs that accept students who reside in Louisiana. Online programs may be good options for students who do not live in or near a city in Louisiana that has a campus-based master’s in communication program. This includes students in New Orleans who do not want to commute to Hammond or Baton Rouge (as The University of New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University do not offer master’s in communication programs), students in Shreveport who do not want to commute to Grambling (as Louisiana State University Shreveport also does not offer a graduate communication program), and students who live in Lake Charles or Western Louisiana.
Prospective students of online master’s in communication programs should keep in mind that not all out-of-state schools providing online programs accept students from Louisiana. Furthermore, some of these programs require their online students to attend one or more events on-campus during their enrollment; students of these programs are generally responsible for the travel costs associated with attending these events. For more information about online programs, their geographical restrictions, and their potential campus visit requirements, please reference our Online Master’s in Communication Programs resource page.
Master’s in Communication Programs in Louisiana
Grambling State University(Grambling)
Louisiana State University(Baton Rouge)
Southeastern Louisiana University(Hammond)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette(Lafayette)
University of Louisiana at Monroe(Monroe)