Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-4120

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Communication, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in communication provides intellectual grounding in a range of theoretical, methodological, and practical approaches to the field of communication. The program is valuable for practitioners in business, education, media or nonprofit organizations seeking a terminal MA degree for professional enhancement. The program also offers opportunities for those wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in communication or a related discipline.

The program is committed to a critical approach to the study of communication and recognizes the central role communication plays in the creation of productive relationships across divisions of identity, culture and geography and in building more sustainable, equitable and enriched communities in our increasingly globally connected world. Students are trained in diverse methodological and epistemological approaches to the study of communication, including rhetoric, intercultural communication, cultural studies, interpersonal communication and media studies.

Upon graduation, students will have gained a greater understanding of the impact of communication in a range of contexts; a general knowledge of research approaches in communication; and an ability to further the research, writing and analytical skills needed in today’s world. Current communication undergraduates could also explore information about our accelerated B.A. to M.A. in Communication.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to the Master of Arts in Communication is selective. In making admission recommendations, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program. In general, applicants are considered for admission with full standing including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • TOEFL scores at or above the 90th percentile for international students

The application deadline for the Master of Arts in Communication is February 15 (early), April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester. There are no winter admissions. Admitted students may delay start of the program for no more than one year.

How To Apply

To apply for admission into the Master of Arts in Communication program, you must first satisfy the general admission requirements and follow the steps to apply for graduate admission at Oakland University. The two Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms, listed under university graduate application requirements, must be from faculty members familiar with the applicant’s academic work. For applicants who have been out of school for more than five years, at least one recommender must be a faculty member who is able to judge the applicant’s preparation and ability to undertake graduate study. Substitutions for a faculty recommendation may include work supervisors or approved others who can comment on the applicant’s academic potential for graduate work.

Students seeking admission to the communication program also must submit the following:

  • Statement of purpose of no more than 1,000 words detailing the reasons why the student is pursuing advanced study of communication and what kind of work they seek to pursue
  • Professional resume
Grad Assistantships and Scholarships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are competitively awarded each academic semester to full-time students. Assistantships include a stipend and a tuition reduction. Full time assistantships include an eight credit tuition reduction each semester. In return, graduate assistants work up to 20 hours per week assisting one or more faculty members in their research efforts. Half time assistantships include a four credit tuition reduction and in return graduate assistants work up to 10 hours per week assisting one or more faculty members in their research efforts. Eligible applicants should submit a completed Graduate Assistantship Interest Form.

Limited scholarship funding is available for MA students who do not hold a GA position at the university. Scholarship applicants must have earned a minimum of 8 credits in the program and have a cumulative GPA of B+ or higher. The application deadlines according to the Graduate College are listed below. Please submit a completed Scholarship Application Form

  • February 15 for Fall
  • November 1 for Winter
Contact Us

The time has never been better to pursue a graduate degree in communication. If you would like more information about the graduate program, please contact Dr. Rebekah Farrugia at