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Applied Communication Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

Our curriculum fosters a strong knowledge base grounded in communication theory and its various applications, such as management, consulting, human resources, training, organization development, relational communication, health care, education, and public relations. An undergraduate background in speech is helpful, but not required.Individualized Focus AreaThe above six applications launch students into their areas of focus or emphasis.  Elective courses, projects within required classes, and the final M.A. project involve students in tailoring their program to fit their goals.  Students are encouraged to identify focus areas relevant to their career goals.To support your career development, we will aid you in connecting with our diverse alumni network.  You will find support for an array of emphasis areas:  internal and external communication, public health, conflict mediation, business leadership and management, consulting, human resources, training, organization development, intercultural/diversity initiatives, non-profit leadership, relational communication, health care, education, and public relations.As students enter the program, we identify ways to maximize coursework, including electives and the final project to fit their career goals.  Review this sample course sequence to understand the flow of our unique blended program designed for working professionals. This  sequence of courses is then adapted based on student goals.Our program has built bridges with UAMS for those interested in health communication.  In addition, students may concurrently enroll in and complete a Conflict Mediation Certificate.  Furthermore, the UA Little Rock MBA program has identified a set of courses for those interested in this focus area.We also offer a unique, concurrent program with the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. This 60 hour program provides training for students with an interest in serving communication roles in public health arena. Students participating in the concurrent programs earn an MA in Applied Communication Studies and an MA in Public Health.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Communication Theory
  • Organizational Communication Theory
  • Communicating Change
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication Culture
  • Crisis Communication
  • Seminar in Applied Communication Studies
  • Conflict

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    525

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.00 scale, including post-baccalaureate hours
  • Official standardized test scores taken in the last 5 years, if required by the prospective program
  • $40 application fee
  • A copy of your government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines

Tuition Fee

  • International

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    320 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 320 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Little Rock

  • 875 - 1320 USD/month
    Living Costs

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