M.A. On Campus

Communication and Advocacy

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
466 USD/credit 8388 USD/year
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James Madison University invites members of its campus community to “Be the Change.” Our M.A. program in Communication and Advocacy provides you with the skills to know how to be a voice for change in the world.


About this Communication and Advocacy Degree at James Madison University

The School of Communication Studies promotes an academic environment in which students, faculty and staff develop innovative communication practices and facilitate constructive dialogue in the classroom and community to inspire responsible citizenship in a diverse world. We are committed to the teaching of communication theory and criticism, the development of communication and advocacy skills, the research of communication processes and practices, and the application of generated knowledge about human communication toward the betterment of self and community.

The core spans applied theory and contexts as well as research methods and tools. It is designed to prepare students to systematically examine, assess, critique and develop communication advocacy practices across a wide range of areas. Additional requirements and electives allow students to develop competencies in specific areas of advocacy studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advocacy Processes and Techniques 
  • Interpersonal Communication as Advocacy 
  • Facilitating Collaborative Governance and Public Problems 
  • Applied Organizational Communication 
  • Seminar in Risk and Crisis Communication 
  • Special Topics in Communication Theory and Appliced Contexts
  • Readings & Research 
  • Fieldwork in Communication and Advocacy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A written statement of educational and professional goals addressing how the JMU MA program in Communication and Advocacy will better enable you to achieve those goals. (500 words)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Essay - Define and defend your definition of advocacy. What is the role of communication in advocacy? Explain your ideas in 500-700 words. Be sure to proofread your essay. Your application will be evaluated on quality of argumentation and clarity of writing.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and other professionals qualified to judge the applicant's ability to successfully complete a graduate program. Letters of recommendation for those applying for Graduate Teaching Assistantships should address applicant's potential for teaching.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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