Communication Studies, M.A. | University of Kansas | Lawrence, United States
12 months
23951 USD/year
23951 USD/year
9989 USD/year
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The primary mission of the Master of Arts in Communication Studies at University of Kansas is to introduce graduate students to the process of conducting original research in human communication. 


The majority of our Communication Studies MA students at University of Kansas go on to pursue a PhD in communication or a related field. Others use the MA as preparation for careers in business, legal consulting, politics, social work, or other related areas of employment.

Graduate students at the Lawrence campus are expected to work within one of the department’s two main research areas:

  • Relationships & Social Interaction: Faculty in this area study interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication using quantitative and qualitative methods. Theories of relationships (e.g., family, romantic, friend, professional) and social identities (e.g., cultural, race, social class, age, gender) guide their research.
  • Rhetoric & Political Communication: Faculty in this area focus on rhetorical and argumentation studies, and both quantitative and humanistic approaches to political communication. Their work engages, among other things, issues related to democratic inclusion, digital media, political institutions, and public memory, with particular concern for matters related to gender, race, nationality, and other cultural indices.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Post-Soviet Communication
  • Internship in Communication Studies
  • American Public Address, Puritans to 1900
  • American Public Address, 1900-Present
  • Communication in Conflict Resolution
  • Persuasion Theory and Research
  • Argumentation
  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication: Theories and Research
  • Communication Across the Life-span
  • Communication and Culture
  • Theories of the Interview

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete online application
  • Official GRE or TOEFL scores (KU code 6871). All domestic applicants must submit GRE scores. International applicants must submit TOEFL scores unless they have earned a degree within the United States. In this case, GRE scores must be submitted instead of TOEFL
  • One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions. 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to comment meaningfully on the applicant's potential for graduate work.
  • Statement of purpose (2-3 pages) indicating the importance of your goals and academic interests and how they relate to the sub-fields of Communication Studies upon which currently faculty focus.
  • Current resume or curriculum vita

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23951 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23951 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23951 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23951 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9989 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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