M.A. On Campus


George Mason University

12 months
1612 USD/credit
1612 USD/credit
724 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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As the environment for public and private communication becomes increasingly complex, organizations rely more and more heavily on thoughtful and effective communication professionals. To this end, Communication MA students at George Mason University may choose to specialize in strategic communication/public relations, health communication or science communication.


Whether you are helping an organization roll out a new product, lobbying policy makers, tailoring messages to promote health, finding ways to best communicate scientific concepts to a general audience, or building stronger relationships with stakeholders, George Mason University’s Communication MA reflects broad and evolving needs in communication.

Overall, the program offers four distinct areas of focus:

  • Strategic communication/public relations
  • Health communication
  • Science communication
  • Individualized communication studies 

In addition, faculty specialize in areas including mass media, interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and political communication, and rhetoric. Our faculty serve in prominent leadership roles in professional communication organizations. Their scholarship has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and NASA.

Mason’s location in the Washington, D.C., area provides students abundant opportunities for professional development. Federal agencies, non-profits, public relations firms and start-ups regularly seek current students and alumni for job opportunities. The program is friendly to working professionals, because classes are taught during the evening.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Communication Studies Project
  • Research Methodologies in Communication
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Research Methods 
  • Media Content Analysis
  • Theories and Research of Mass Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Theories of Public Relations
  • Persuasion Theory
  • Theories of Interpersonal Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students applying for graduate study must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, which is verified from official transcripts, by the time they enroll at Mason.
  • Unofficial documents may be considered for admissions purposes only. Applicants may upload copies of their transcript with their application. 
  • Transcript must include a version in the original language as well as in English, and should contain a copy of the graduation certificate/diploma to verify the conferral date. Transcript evaluations can be made from unofficial documents.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1612 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1612 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    724 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 724 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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