Communication | Master of Arts Degree
The Department of Communication focuses on the study of human symbolic practices and educates students to become ethically responsible leaders and culturally sensitive participants in democratic dialogue.
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|Fall: July 1 (International: May 1)||Application Fee; Transcripts from previous school(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G; Resume; Personal Goal Statement; Interview (on-campus or telephone) is desired; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations
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|Spring: November 1 (International: Oct. 1)|
|Summer: April 1|
Tel. No.: 314.977.3144
|Chair: Kevin Wright, Ph.D.
Dir. of Graduate Studies.: April Trees, Ph.D.
Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students:
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
- Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- There are no minimum GRE or GPA requirements. Successful applicants typically have GRE scores in the range of 500 Verbal, 500 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.
- The Graduate Committee may admit applicants whose scores vary from these guidelines based upon fit with our program, past experiences, or letters of recommendation.
Communication Application Review Process
- The Department of Communication carefully reviews each applicant's material as a package to gain an overall understanding of his/her background, goals, and abilities.
- Approximately 40 graduate students are actively enrolled in the program at any one time.
- Class sizes range from 6-20 students, ensuring personal attention.
Credit Hours/Coursework | Communication Graduate Program Overview
Non-thesis: Students take 30 credit hours (10 courses) combining core and elective courses to fit their personal needs and career ambitions.
Research: Students complete 24 semester hours of coursework (including the 9 credit hours of core courses) and 6 credit hours of Thesis Research, plus a Master's Thesis, and a final oral examination.
Program Description: Students are educated in the processes of symbolic human interaction to become culturally sensitive and ethically responsible leaders in journalism, research, public relations, advertising, organizational training, public service and teaching. | Prospective Communication Graduate Student Information Page
Career Possibilities: Training & Development; Journalist; Media Specialist. | Communication Graduate Program Careers
Curriculum & Program Details: Within the graduate program, the Department of Communication offers three broad areas of study: Culture and Public Dialogue, Media Studies and Organizational Communication. These areas of emphasis are offered as general frameworks for our students. Both graduate degrees provide opportunities to explore the human communication process through a multi-theoretical approach. Instructional strategies focus on inquiry and problem solving, while using several methods of discovery: qualitative, quantitative, practical, experiential, and artistic approaches. By focusing on the underlying principles of human communication, courses invite knowledge and skill development in the various contexts of communication. The M.A. degree is most appropriate for communication professionals and/or those planning careers in non-academic settings. The primary professional goal for such students is understanding and applying concepts and research in communication. In most cases, the research degree option is selected by students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree. Since the primary professional goal for such students is creating new knowledge, the experience of writing a thesis provides the opportunity to do original research as part of their graduate program. | Why Choose Communication?
About the Communication Faculty: The department's full-time faculty are recognized scholars and active professionals in their areas of expertise. They publish scholarly and creative works including books, reviewed journal articles, book chapters, reviews, funded research reports and short stories. They have been frequent recipients of college, university, and national teaching awards. The department is known for the close collaboration between students and faculty. In recent years students have worked on research projects and coauthored convention papers and articles. | Communication Faculty Site
Scholarships & Financial Aid: The Department of Communication offers approximately ten (10) graduate assistantships each year for teaching, research, and professional endeavors. We award assistantships on a yearly basis and normally only to students who enter our program during a fall semester. Approximately 40 graduate students are furthering their careers; almost one-third receiving full funding through teaching assistantships, research assistantships and professional assistantships. Students who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship should contact the Communication Department and must have their completed Graduate Education application on file by February 1. | Student Financial Services at SLUProgram Highlights: (From the Communication Graduate Program FAQ web page): Graduate school is focused on knowledge-creation as opposed to knowledge-memorization. Students aren't just asked to memorize, but instead, they are asked to come up with their own thoughts and ideas and learn how to express them within a professional and academic context. | The New Communication Digital Labs and the Collaboration Center for student projects