M.A. On Campus

Communication Studies

University of Nevada, Reno

12 months
21592 USD/year
21592 USD/year
5500 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Nevada, Reno immerses students in the ways advanced communication tactics can settle disputes, foster understanding and even affect societal change.


The M.A. program in communication studies allows students the opportunity to focus on social justice and communication in four different areas: interpersonal and family communication, organizational communication, intercultural communication, or rhetorical studies. 


Threaded throughout the curriculum are the values inherent to the successful management of communication in practice, such as diversity, inclusion, tolerance, listening, ethics, understanding, assertiveness and responsibility. Students who earn the M.A. will find a variety of attractive career options in management, event planning, training and development, public relations, or human resources; or it serves as excellent preparation for entering a Ph.D. program.

Students pursuing this degree from University of Nevada, Reno can opt for a thesis or non-thesis option. Earning the M.A. in Communication Studies involves required courses related to theory and research methodology as well as a capstone. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Graduate Studies in Communication 
  • Seminar: Communication Theory 
  • One approved Research Methods Course within or external to department 
  • Thesis 
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Comprehensive Examination 
  • Electives
  • Critical Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from every institution attended for a complete history of your education
  • Official GRE or GMAT test scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years (exam requirement and recommended scores are determined by individual programs)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation, per program-specific requirements (your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 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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