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Communication, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) , AZ,
The Communication MA program is grounded in theory and research concerning human communication and provides excellent preparation for further graduate study and careers in academia or other fields.


This graduate program is grounded in theory and research concerning human communication, and provides excellent preparation for further graduate study and careers in academia. Graduate students participate in research teams with a guiding faculty member, enabling hands-on research experience, sometimes on grant-funded projects. This program emphasizes the practical skills required of someone pursuing a career in academic research and teaching, and training those people is our mission.

Flexibility allows students to tailor programs to meet specific career objectives. The thesis option serves as a foundation for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. Those preparing to work in business, media, government, or teach at a community college may select a non-thesis option. An accelerated option is available for University of Arizona students; applications for the accelerated program are due in the Spring of a student's junior year.

Programme Structure

Core courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
  • Theories of Small Group Communication
  • Mass Communication and Children
  • Family Communication 
  • Struggle for the Presidency 
  • Communication and Conflict Management
  • Verbal Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication 
  • Relational Communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Final Deadline: March 1st. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    34 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 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).

  • Writing sample (honors thesis, class paper, or similar evidence of scholarly writing)
  • 3 letters of recommendation 
  • Statement of Purpose (1500-2000 words) 
  • GPA:  3.25 minimum
  • TRANSCRIPTS:  For purposes of evlauation, we will accept unofficial transcripts of credits earned from ALL colleges and universities attended, uploaded where indicated on application. 
  • GRE General Tests:  
  • For International students: TOEFL  (preferred)  IBT 80, CBT 213, PB 550 
  • or  IELTS composite score of 7 with no subject area below 6

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International

                              36566 USD/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 36566 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            • National

                              36400 USD/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 36400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            • In-State

                              12400 USD/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 12400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                            Living costs for Tucson

                            • 830 - 1140 USD/month
                              Living Costs

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


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