Master of Arts in Communication

Earn an affordable, adaptable MA communication degree that prepares you for long-term success in a rapidly evolving industry.

Master's Degree in Communication: The Oakland University Advantage

Communication trends and technologies are constantly changing, so it’s imperative to cultivate skills that you can adapt as the industry evolves. Oakland’s MA communication degree provides you with a superior theoretical background and durable expertise that sets you up for long-term career success.

In addition, our master's in communication degree offers:

  • Strong faculty relationships. Because it’s a small program, our MA communication degree strong, supportive relationships between faculty fellow students. Our professors offer professional mentorship along with academic guidance, helping you build a durable foundation for your career in communications.
  • Professional development opportunities. Oakland’s location in a top media market and global industrial hub is one of our MA communication program’s top assets. You’ll find outstanding opportunities to gain hands-on experience and develop your professional network.
  • Advanced research training. Faculty in our MA communication program have excellent research credentials and extensive publishing credits. You’ll cultivate top-notch skills in academic writing, critical thinking, and research design, while developing an outstanding theoretical foundation.
  • Academic freedom. Students are encouraged to personalize the MA communication degree in accordance with their academic interests and career goals. In addition to a broad range of course options, the program includes a thesis or creative project that you custom-design in collaboration with your faculty adviser.
  • Practical, transferable skills. You’ll become proficient in writing, research, critical thinking, and strategic planning in the MA communication program. These skills have value in nearly every industry, giving you a broad range of career opportunities after graduation.

What Can You Do With an MA Communication Degree?

Many of Oakland’s MA communication graduates have chosen to continue their education, earning admission to top-ranking Ph.D. programs in communication, mass communication, rhetoric, and writing.

For those who choose to enter the workforce after completing the MA communication degree, Oakland students have gained employment in a broad range of fields, including:

  • Public relations
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Sports
  • Human resources
  • Higher education
  • Event planning
  • Government affairs
  • Social media
  • Advertising
  • Radio and television
  • Publishing
  • Business communication

MA Communication Curriculum

The MA communication degree requires 32 credits of graduate coursework. You can complete the degree in two years as a full-time student, or three to four years as a part-time student.

You’ll take core courses in graduate studies, communication scholarship, and research methods. The remainder of the MA communication program consists of elective courses and a personalized exit project (thesis or creative project) that you design in collaboration with your faculty adviser. Elective course offerings span a broad range of subject matter, reflecting the diversity and global reach of 21st-century workplaces. You can take electives on topics such as:

  • Video games
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Organizational communication
  • Cultural power dynamics
  • Feminism
  • Privacy
  • Audience research
  • Health communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Cultural citizenship

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