Close X

Coronavirus Update

All summer classes have moved to a virtual environment. UCM offices are open to the public with updated safety measures. Please contact offices by phone or email. Visit for more information.

Stacks of communication's books.


Click to print this page

Communication MA

Through the M.A. in Communication program, you can enhance your skills in management, film, videography, radio, news, teaching, and overall communication skills.

After completing a master’s degree in Communication, you may qualify for upper-level jobs in fields such as news, social media, advertising, marketing, public relations, sales, human relationships, television, radio or prepare for postgraduate degrees.

Admission Requirements

Must have a 2.50 overall undergraduate GPA

Have at least 15 hours of undergraduate communication courses.
Complete and submit an online application to UCM’s Graduate School and International Admissions along with your official transcripts.

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must submit the following items to the program coordinator:

  1. A statement of purpose
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.

This program is based on a cohort model and only admits students in the Fall semester.  The deadline for applying is July 15th.  Submissions after this date will not be reviewed.

Changes in the program catalog are in the process of being approved.  Please contact the graduate coordinator (Dr. Hillary Pennell; for more information about these changes.

Graduate Assistantships

 This program offers teaching assistantships for Comm1000- Public Speaking. A full-time teaching assistantship requires students to teach 2 face-to-face Public Speaking courses per semester for up to 4 semesters. This position covers 10 hours of graduate tuition fees for both fall and spring semesters as well as a monthly stipend (approximately $800 per month Aug.-May). There are no assistantships in the summer. Please contact Dr. Nicole Freeman ( or Dr. Hillary Pennell ( for more information.

This program also offers teaching/coaching positions for the Communication Speech and Debate Team. Please contact Dr. Jack Rogers ( or Dr. Nicole Freeman ( for more information.

To apply, please click on the link, click on the “search jobs” tab, and enter “communication teaching assistants” in the search bar. This will bring up any position available in the program.

Learn On-Line

 You can complete your M.A. in Communication completely on-line.  You will receive instruction for the same faculty who teach in our face-to-face program.


Dr. Hillary Pennell
Assistant Professor
Martin 136S
Tel: (660) 543-8668


  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram