Communication and Leadership

Gonzaga University

M.A. Online
24 months
33394 USD/year
33394 USD/year
33394 USD/year
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Our Master’s in Communication and Leadership Studies equips you with the expertise to communicate a clear message, negotiate solutions, influence others and resolve conflict.


By their very nature, organizations depend upon complex formal and informal communication functions for effective operation in increasingly technologically based, communication networks. What distinguishes the 21st century from the 20th is the unprecedented degree to which communication and information technology enable creation of active networks linking individuals, functions and organizations.

The program is grounded in scientific and humanistic theory and methodology, global communication and ethics, and is relevant for those seeking leadership in corporate communications, public relations, media management, media criticism, human resources, marketing, strategic planners, training and consulting, media literacy, community college teaching or Ph.D. work in communication.

The degree builds upon the historic tradition of rhetoric as the cornerstone of a Jesuit education and lays the groundwork for high leverage knowledge and skills in communication and leadership in today’s complex world. This program combines relevant theories and experiential learning applicable to the latest workplace developments.

The Communication and Leadership Studies master’s degree is designed to meet the needs and schedules of working adults as well as continuing students from undergraduate programs. Flexible scheduling, evening, and Internet courses are offered. 

The program consists of 30 credits. One residency course, COML 599, is required.

Distinctive features of the M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies are: a unique blend of communication and leadership theory, the Center for Media Literacy Excellence, a range of visiting scholars and professionals who visit to discuss cutting-edge work in communication and leadership, intensive periods where workshops are held to develop practical communication skills in speaking, writing and multi-media design, internship and service-learning possibilities for students who need practical experience, and possible foreign study for students to gain global media and communication experience.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Theorizing Communication
  • Masters Level Writing
  • Communication and Leadership Ethics
  • International and Intercultural Communication
  • Communication Practicum
  • Applied Communication Research
  • Communication and Leadership Capstone Seminar
  • Strategic and Organizational Communication concentration
  • Organizational Communication
  • Social Dynamics of Communication and Technology
  • Seminar in Communication Consulting and Training
  • Seminar in Strategic and Corporate Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Semi-structured
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application form  and a non-refundable fee.
  • A written statement from the applicant which:
  •  describes the applicant’s own interest in the Communication and Leadership Studies degree.
  •  assesses the applicant’s strengths and describes the applicant hopes to gain from agraduatedegree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty in the undergraduate major
  •  Official transcripts
  • Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
  •  Submission of a financial declaration and supporting documentation by each international applicant.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33394 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33394 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    33394 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33394 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    33394 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33394 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Communication and Leadership
Gonzaga University