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Communication Studies

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

12 months
13328 USD/year
13328 USD/year
3252 USD/year
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The Communication Studies program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is designed to provide advanced study in the communication discipline, particularly in the areas of organizational communication, critical media and rhetorical studies, health communication, and public relations.


All studies emphasize the ability to understand and analyze communication practices in different environments in the 21st Century. The curriculum of the Communication Studies program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is broad-based and is a balance of theory and application to practice.

Interest Areas

The graduate program is a generalist program, in that students don’t specialize in any one area but instead take courses through many of the interest areas. Faculty teach and conduct research across the following interest areas:

Organizational Communication

Organizational communication focuses on the various ways individuals influence and are influenced by organizations and their members. Work in organizational communication is concerned with organizational culture and symbolism, interpersonal and group communication, change communication, globalization, mediated communication, leader communication, structural concerns of organizational communication, and critical analysis of organizational communication.

Rhetoric/Media Studies/Popular Culture

Graduate study of the mass media at UNC Charlotte concentrates on applied and critical research on the organization and effects of media industries and new media technologies. Areas of study include persuasion and popular culture, computer-mediated persuasion, computer-mediated communication, and the rhetoric of spectator sport.

Health Communication

Health communication is a field of study offering students a better understanding of the communication within a health context. This includes, but is not limited to, provider-patient interaction; the creation, promotion, and influence of health information; social and community health issues; healthcare organizations; media messages about health; and interpersonal health communication.

Public Relations/International Public Relations

The focus of public relations is on building and maintaining internal and external relationships with entities essential to an organization’s success, including entities such as media, activist groups, community groups, and regulators. The focus of UNC Charlotte’s program is on public relations management, especially in the areas of issues tracking, corporate communication, crisis communication, not-for-profit communication, and international public relations efforts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Communication Research Methods
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Contemporary Viewpoints in Communication Theory
  • Professional Seminar in Communication
  • 12-18 credit hours (electives) in graduate level Communication Studies courses

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Graduate Admissions application form.
  • A bachelors degree from an accredited institution.
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions in which the candidate was enrolled.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better as an undergraduate, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the junior and senior years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement of professional goals.
  • A writing sample – preferably a scholarly paper written for one of your undergraduate classes. A literature review or essay are good choices as well. Submitted through the eGRAD portal.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6664 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6664 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    3252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1626 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Charlotte

1133 - 2060 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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