Prospective Students

The fully online Master of Arts (MA) in Communication at UCCS will prepare you to excel in an array of careers.

Our program is all about your personal growth and professional development. You’ll gain sought-after professional skills in written, oral, and digital/multimedia communication enabling you to reach diverse audiences to solve complex communication problems.

Our students tell us that they are often able to apply the things they learn in class the very next day at work. And graduates of our program tell us that having a master’s degree in communication has opened doors and opportunities in their career that wouldn’t otherwise be available.

Dr. Katie Sullivan, Graduate Director

Description of Online MA Coursework in Communication

Flexible Program with Access to Faculty

We have designed our program to be fully online, which means that even busy professionals have a flexible and convenient path to level-up their career.  Whether you are seeking to hone your skills, earn a promotion, or switch careers our graduate program in communication offers long-term value. Our faculty are proud of our innovative, flexible, and affordable program and we would love to have you join us!

Description of Coursework Online MA, Communication

We have a wide range of classes, and depending on your interests and career goals, you can choose classes in professional communication, emphasizing leadership, organizational, or strategic communication. Or you can select a focus in applied media studies. We help you customize the program to fit your interests and aspirations. 

All required 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 (Fall) 
  • 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)
  • 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 Electives

  • COMM 5050: Managing Social Media
  • COMM 5100: Advanced Public Speaking
  • COMM 5150: Communication, Teaching, and Learning
  • COMM 5190: Advanced Virtual Presentations
  • COMM 5230: Crisis Communication
  • COMM 5330: Gender and Leadership
  • COMM 5350: Integrated Marketing Communication
  • COMM 5600: Virtual Teams
  • COMM 5690: Problems in Radio-TV and Film
  • COMM 5820: Multicultural Diversity and Workplace Communication
  • COMM 5950: Seminar in Leadership and Organizational Change
  • 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 6180: Virtual Training
  • COMM 6250: Problems in Communication
  • COMM 6350: Critical Analysis of Popular Culture
  • COMM 6690 Internship in Communication (Graduate Level)
  • COMM 6740: Entertainment Theory and Research
  • COMM 9500: Independent Study in Communication - Graduate Level (Instructor approval required)

Recommended Two Year Schedule of Courses - Capstone Option


  • COMM 5010: Communication Theories in Contemporary Contexts
  • COMM 6030: Research as Problem Solving


  • COMM 6040: Drawing Insights from Data
  • Elective


  • Out of Department Course
  • Elective


  • Pre-Term Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective


  • COMM 6050: Communication Graduate Capstone Experience
  • Elective

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