M.A. On Campus

Communication Studies

The University of Iowa

24 months
31012 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
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The Communication Studies at The University of Iowa is centered on theory complemented by strength in quantitative and qualitative research methods. It focuses on scholarly issues that arise from face-to-face, everyday communication practices. It emphasizes personal relationship and family processes, identity construction, persuasion, and culture.


About Communication Studies at The University of Iowa

The goal of the program is to produce scholars who possess sophisticated knowledge of theory and methodology, who are careful consumers of theories and methods, and who can develop their own approaches to communication phenomena. The program emphasizes systematic analysis of the forms, functions, and meanings of messages within various contexts. Its broad social-scientific orientation springs from the belief that many methodological approaches are appropriate to studying and building theoretical explanations of communication.

Advisors and committee members work closely with individual students to select courses from the Department of Communication Studies and other University departments, and to plan teaching and research experiences that prepare students for the employment they seek after graduation.


M.A. communication studies graduates pursue Ph.D. academic work and alternate academic careers. Some pursue careers in the private sector, at nonprofit organizations, and as instructional faculty at postsecondary institutions.

The department is deeply engaged in university- and discipline-wide efforts to train students in both traditional and nontraditional career paths.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Communication Studies
  • Theories of Mass Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Research and Teaching
  • Rhetorical Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Meet English Proficiency Requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A Resume/CV
  • A statement of purpose
  • A sample of scholarly writing
  • A departmental Supplemental Information Form
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    31012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

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


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