There are two schools in Montana that offer master’s in communication programs, both of which are affiliated with the University of Montana. The University of Montana’s main campus in Missoula offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, while Montana Tech of the University of Montana, located in Butte, offers a Master of Science in Technical Communication. The technical communication program is also affiliated with the University of Montana’s main campus. Both schools are non-profit institutions that have received regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and both programs are currently only offered on-campus.

Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in Montana

The University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences’ Department of Communication Studies offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies that prepares students for improving channels of communication between organizations and the public, and for developing and improving communication plans. Students in this program complete core classes in communication research methodology, rhetorical criticism, and qualitative research methods in communication. They are then required to complete several elective courses in areas such as non-profit organizational communication, technology in communication, interpersonal communication, conflict mediation, health communication, risk and crisis communication, activism and political advocacy, science communication, legal communication, and rhetorical criticism.

Montana Tech of the University of Montana and the University of Montana offer a Master of Science in Technical Communication that prepares students to write scientific, technical, and instructional communication across a variety of media forms, and to translate difficult technical concepts into accessible prose to a wide readership. Courses in this program cover concepts in professional presentations, rhetorical theories and professional communication, communication ethics, research methods, print and multimedia publishing, and technical writing and editing. In addition to completing program coursework, students must also complete a 6-credit thesis or graduate project on a topic that is relevant to an issue in technical and/or scientific communication. During their completion of their thesis/project, students receive support from an advisor and Advisory Committee.

Online Master’s in Communication Programs for Residents in Montana

At present, there are no schools in Montana that offer online master’s in communication programs. However, numerous out-of-state schools have online master’s in communication programs that accept applications from residents of Montana. For individuals who do not live near Montana Tech or the University of Montana’s main campus in Missoula, or who would like the scheduling flexibility that online education afford, an online program may be a viable option. This is also true for students who are interested in specializing in a field of communication not offered by the University of Montana or Montana Tech.

Some, but not all, online programs require students to attend on-campus sessions, which are multi-day events that are held on the school’s main campus or at a different location. During these events, students typically participate in in-person lectures and discussions, learning activities, practical assessments, and career development workshops. Programs vary in terms of how many campus visits they require students to attend, when during the year they hold these events, and how long each visit lasts. Furthermore, students are typically responsible for the travel costs associated with attending these campus events. As a result, students who are interested in programs that require campus visits should research these requirements thoroughly to see whether the travel requirements work with their personal and professional obligations, as well as their budget. For a program to be classified as online on MastersinCommunications.com, it must require two or fewer campus visits per year.

Master’s in Communication Programs in Montana

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.

Montana Tech

(Butte)