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Communication Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #701 (QS) , AL,
The Master of Arts in Communication Studies degree program is a 30-hour interdisciplinary field of study designed to promote understanding of the functions of human communication in its various forms and venues. You will learn to analyze, construct, and manage strategic communication in oral, written, and visual forms. 


The program emphasizes three substantive research areas: organizational and interpersonal communication, communication and culture, and rhetoric and political discourse.

Degree Options

Students can pursue one of three different options:

  • Academic – Comprehensive Exam Option: for students who wish to fulfill teaching requirements in communication studies or who want to pursue advanced degree work. It requires a comprehensive written examination to demonstrate proficient knowledge in their selected area of study.
  • Research – Thesis Option: for students who plan to continue their graduate education. It requires an original thesis project in a specific research area of interest.
  • Professional – Capstone Portfolio Option: for students who plan to pursue professional careers. It requires an internship or professional project and submission of a final capstone portfolio that provides a comprehensive overview of the work completed.
Graduate students in Communication Studies are responsible for knowing all policies and procedures pertinent to the successful completion of their degree. However, they will be assigned their own academic advisors for their progress through the program, beginning with the initial development of their plans of study.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Introduction to Teaching Public Speaking
  • Communication and Diversity
  • African American Rhetoric
  • Political Communication
  • Gender and Political Communication.
  • Independent Study
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
  • Classical Rhetorical Theory
  • Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism
  • Group Leadership
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Human Communication Theory
  • Theories of Persuasion
  • Relational Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Seminar: Public Address
  • Communication and Gender
  • Seminar in Organizational Communication
  • Organizational Assessment and Intervention
  • Technology, Culture, and Human Communication
  • Internship in Communication Studies
  • Special Topics
  • Professional Project
  • Thesis Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Applicant data sheet and statement of purpose
  • One transcript for each U.S. or international institution of higher education
  • Admissions test scores less than five years old 
  • The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Additional application materials (e.g., portfolios, writing samples, responses to essay questions, etc.) required by individual departments
  • International applicants must submit one certified copy in the native language along with certified precise word-for-word English translations of all transcripts, diplomas, and certificates of degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14615 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5390 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tuscaloosa

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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