Strong communicators are often our strongest leaders. The University of Central Missouri’s master’s degree in Communication equips you with the advanced methods in theory and practice you need to lead in community, media, personal and professional communication contexts. At UCM, you’ll gain knowledge and know-how that can propel you into a communication job in nearly any industry.
A respected Communication master’s degree that gets results
UCM’s graduate degree in Communication is designed to meet the needs of working professionals
looking to deepen their knowledge or seek new skills to use in their current communication
We offer two specializations for our Master of Arts in Communication:
No matter which area you choose to specialize in, you’ll be able to employ advanced communication strategies to reach your audience — and your goals.
Only online master’s of its kind in MO
Affordable master’s in Communication
Top 10% best value program
Applied or Communication Studies tracks
Whether you’re pursuing a new career or looking to get ahead in your current job, UCM’s Master of Arts in Communication program will give you the expertise and experience you need. Learn from Communication master’s degree program faculty who are experts in communication and social movements, film and media representation and much more.
Our master’s degree in Communication allows you to pursue a variety of topics, including research methods, group communication, leadership, managing conflict, message design, persuasion and verbal and nonverbal communication. The two track options will then allow you to specialize in one area of communication:
Throughout our Communication master’s degree program, you'll have various opportunities to put your learning into practice:
UCM’s graduate program in Communication will prepare you for senior communication jobs in advertising and marketing agencies, government agencies, social media oversight, nonprofit management, news and media teams, public and private school districts, sales teams and more. Some of our graduate students go on to pursue their Ph.D. in communication.
Looking for advanced communication jobs?
A UCM Master of Arts in Communication will enable you to move your career forward in nearly any industry. Use our interactive tool below to learn more about job outlooks, salary expectations and more.
We offer several ways for you to finance grad school, including:
You may also qualify for program-specific scholarships. Search our UCM Scholarship Finder for opportunities and apply.
In addition to specializing your Communication master’s degree, you could add a graduate certificate to further advance your career in communications:
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:
In additon, international students must score highter than 550 paper-based or 79 on the IBT TOEFL to be admitted.
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.
If you have questions about the program, please contact the graduate coordinator (Dr. Hillary Pennell; firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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 (email@example.com) or Dr. Hillary Pennell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
This program also offers teaching/coaching positions for the Communication Speech and Debate Team. Please contact Dr. Jack Rogers (email@example.com) or Dr. Nicole Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
To apply, please click on the link https://jobs.ucmo.edu/, 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.