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Communication MA - Applied Communication Option

UCM’s Master of Arts in Communication allows you to specialize in the areas of personal, community, professional, and/or media-based communication contexts. This program builds upon prior study and experience in communication (or a closely related field) preparing students for advanced work in communication professions or continued academic study in pursuit of a terminal degree.

You can take a variety of courses in: leadership, group communication, communication research methods, managing conflict, verbal and nonverbal communication, message design, persuasion, and media’s impact on society.

After completing a master’s degree in Communication, you may qualify for upper-level jobs in fields such as news, social media, advertising, marketing, government, administration/promotion for K-12, public relations, sales, human relationships, 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.  Review of applications will begin on March 31.

Learn On-Line

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


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


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