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Master of Science in Communication Management


Program Overview

The program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 15 of which are earned through a common core of required courses in the Department of Communication. Also, three credit hours are selected from a list of electives in the Department of Communication. In addition, 12 credit hours are earned through one of five outside concentrations: Business, Public Health, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, and Public Management. The final 6 credit hours are earned through an academic communication management-related thesis or a professional communication-related research project.


Special Notes about the Program

Thesis or Applied Research Project (6 credits)

Students will complete either an academic communication management-related thesis OR a professional communication-related research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee. Students will take this 3-credit course twice to reach the required 6 credit hours of thesis/applied research project needed to graduate with the M.S. in Communication Management. Permission of the M.S. in Communication Management graduate director is a prerequisite to enroll. 


Application Information

Applications are accepted year-round for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . March 15

Admission Requirements

University requirements:  

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 

Additional program requirements:  

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • Resume which should include the names and contact information for at least two references 

  • Letter of intent that speaks to the applicant’s background/goals and specifies which of the 5 concentrations (Business, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Leadership, and Public Health) they want to select

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum requirements are as follows for applicants from non-English speaking countries:

  • 550 paper-based score on the TOEFL, or  
  • 79 internet-based score on the TOEFL; or 
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required.  

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


Curriculum and Requirements

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Career Possibilities

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Tulika Varma

Assistant Professor

(904) 620-3862

Building 14D , Room 2008