Prospective

Prospective Students

The Online Master of Arts (MA) in Communication at UCCS offers students the opportunity to engage in advanced study and develop graduate-level expertise for addressing complex communication problems in modern organizations and social systems

This fully online program will prepare you for careers the profit and nonprofit sectors, as well as in academia. We want to help you develop an array of scholarly, personal, and professional communication skills suitable to a variety of contexts by connecting communication knowledge, theory, and research capacities to real-world situations. In addition, we seek to instill in you a passion for intellectual and theoretical discovery that transcends career objectives and course expectations. 

Description of MA in Communication

Students are encouraged to develop expertise either in Professional Communication or Applied Media Studies. With either focus, students learn to connect communication knowledge, theory, and research capacities to real-world situations. In addition, our program seeks to instill in students a passion for intellectual and theoretical discovery that transcends career objectives and course expectations.

This program prepares graduates for careers in the profit and nonprofit sectors, as well as in academia. Given the extent to which communication is ubiquitous, the mission of our graduate program is to help students develop an array of scholarly, personal, and professional communication skills suitable to a variety of contexts. 

Coursework Requirements (All classes are delivered fully online in an 8-week format)

    Plan I: CAPSTONE (minimum of 33 hours credit)

    • Four Core Required Courses (12 Credits)
    • Six Graduate Elective Courses in Communication (18 Credits)
    • One Graduate Level Course from Outside the Department (3 Credits)

    Core Sequenced Requirements (Offered once each year as indicated)

    • COMM 5010: Communication Theories in Contemporary Contexts (Fall) 
    • COMM 6030: Research as Problem Solving (Spring) 
    • COMM 6040: Drawing Insights from Data (Spring)
    • COMM 6050: Communication Graduate Capstone Experience (Spring)
    • NOTE: COMM 6050 is not required with Thesis Option

    Plan II: THESIS (minimum of 33 hours credit) 

    • Three Core Required Courses (9 Credits)
    • Minimum of Five Graduate Elective Courses in Communication (15 Credits) 
    • One Graduate Level Course from Outside the Department (3 Credits)
    • Six Hours of Thesis Credit (6 Credits)

    General Elective Course Offerings

    • COMM 5050: Managing Social Media
    • COMM 5100: Advanced Public Speaking
    • COMM 5150: Communication, Teaching, and Learning
    • COMM 5230: Crisis Communication
    • COMM 5240: Advanced Organizational and Strategic Communication
    • COMM 5290: Communication, Sustainability and Social Responsibility
    • COMM 5300: Ethical Issues In Communication
    • COMM 5330: Gender and Leadership
    • COMM 5550: Professional and Personal Relationships
    • COMM 5600: Virtual Teams
    • COMM 5690: Problems in Radio-TV and Film
    • COMM 5950: Seminar in Leadership and Organizational Change
    • COMM 5990: Multicultural Diversity and Workplace Communication
    • COMM 6010: Privilege and Oppression in Popular Culture
    • COMM 6020: Communication Research Practicum
    • COMM 6090: Emerging Communication Technologies
    • COMM 6100: Communication Competence:  For all Situations and Contexts
    • COMM 6140: Media Effects
    • COMM 6160: Communication, Training and Consulting
    • COMM 6250: Problems in Communication
    • COMM 6350: Critical Analysis of Popular Culture
    • COMM 6740: Entertainment Theory and Research
    • COMM 6840: Health Communication: Interpersonal Perspectives
    • COMM 9500: Independent Study in Communication - Graduate Level (Instructor approval required)

    Recommended Two Year Schedule of Courses - Capstone Option

    Fall

    • COMM 5010: Communication Theories in Contemporary Contexts
    • Elective

    Spring

    • COMM 6030: Research as Problem Solving
    • COMM 6040: Drawing Insights from Data

    Interim

    • Elective

    Summer

    • Out of Department Course
    • Elective

    Fall

    • Elective
    • Elective

    Spring

    • COMM 6050: Communication Graduate Capstone Experience
    • Elective

    Related Links

    Application Process for the M.A. in Communication

    Accelerated BA to MA in Communication

    For further information, contact Dr. Katie Sullivan (ksulliv8@uccs.edu)