M.A. On Campus

Communication Management

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

12 months
1187 USD/credit 42732 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 39924 USD/year
468 USD/credit 16848 USD/year
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Are you ready to take your expertise in communications to the next level? Whether you're in the profession already, or just finished undergrad, our Communication Management program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham can give you that extra oomph you need for success in PR, broadcasting, advertising, and other fields.


Our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Communication Management is specifically targeted at professionals in communication-related fields and students seeking an advanced degree in communication. As a student in our program, you’ll explore practical and theoretical applications in a variety of challenging real-world communication contexts. Our classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends to make them easier to fit into your already-busy schedule.

When we say extra oomph, we mean it. We have one of the top programs in the country, thanks to our impressive number of faculty publications, which is an indicator of the quality of our research and scholarship. You'll complete 36 hours of coursework with classes such as Source Credibility, Message Construction, Political Communication, Health and Med Communication, Small Group Dynamics, and Nonverbal Communication. You'll also complete one of two plans. 

Plan I (thesis option) is better if you're interested in working toward a PhD or pursuing a career in research. 

Plan II (non-thesis option) requires that you complete a project about what you've learned in the program. Finally, we'll do all of this on nights and weekends so you can fit school into your already busy schedule.

Fast Facts:

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham Chapter of PRCA/PRSSA have been awarded Chapter of the Year for 34 out of the past 36 years.

Programme Structure


  • Foundations of Communication Management
  • Source Credibility
  • Message Construction
  • Analysis of Communication Audiences
  • Communication Effects
  • Seminar in Applied Communication Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three recommendations. Ideally from professors who know your academic potential, but maybe from someone who has served in a supervisory role.
  • GPA requirement: 3.0 (though students with lower G.P.A.’s will be considered to see what other parts of their application show promise of success). Students may always enroll Non-Degree Seeking to mitigate a substandard G.P.A.
  • An essay that describes your background and what your objectives in entering our program are.
  • Only those students who are applying for a GTA position need take the GRE. All international students are required to take the TOEFL (or equivalent). Institution code – 1856. Applicable for the GRE and TOEFL only.
  • CV/Resume
  • Official transcripts from each institution where college credit was received to be mailed to:

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42732 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    39924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    16848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 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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