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Communication and Leadership, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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.
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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

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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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    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • 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.

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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.
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