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Online Master of Arts in Communication

Program Overview

Break through the noise with strategic communication.

At the James L. Knight School of Communication, we prepare communication professionals to be engaged citizens, advocates, and leaders in their communities.

With the Queens University of Charlotte online Master of Arts in Communication program, you’ll gain strong foundational theory and master practical, hands-on skills.

At the James L. Knight School of Communication, we prepare communication professionals to be engaged citizens, advocates, and leaders in their communities.

With the Queens University of Charlotte online Master of Arts in Communication program, you’ll gain strong foundational theory and master practical, hands-on skills.

Program Highlights


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Build on Your Passion for Communication

When so much information is competing for our attention, thoughtful, forward-thinking communication strategies are integral to success.

In the Knight School of Communication’s online Master of Arts in Communication program, you’ll learn under the guided mentorship of seasoned communication faculty who are experts in their field. The M.A. in Communication program infuses communication theory with practical application to prepare you to employ emerging media and technology to create effective messages to lead work teams, organizations, and diverse audiences. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of relevant, cutting-edge communication strategies and principles with the skills needed to thrive as a communication industry leader.

The program is designed to provide you with added flexibility. You can choose to take online or face-to-face courses at your pace and complete the program in two years. Small class sizes ensure individualized attention and interaction with faculty. Many of our students also have an opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research topics and projects related to their core interests.

Tailor your master’s degree to your interests and career aspirations with optional specializations in Strategic Communication and/or Organizational Communication or choose from relevant electives. As an alternative to the Master of Arts in Communication degree, you can complete two 15 credit hour standalone certificates in Strategic Communication or Organizational Communication. The two certificates are stackable and by completing both certificates, you can earn the 30 credit hour M.A. in Communication.

Career Outlook

In our ever-evolving technological world, communication knowledge and skills are more important than ever.1 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 27,000 new jobs will become available in media and communication occupations through 2028.2

As an advertising, promotions and marketing manager, you could make a median annual salary of $132,620.3 Secure a median annual salary of $114,800 as a public relations and fundraising manager.4 With an M.A. in Communication from Queens University of Charlotte, you’ll possess both the theoretical knowledge and strategies you need to execute winning communication strategies across mediums and communities.


The program combines theory and praxis by providing a foundation in different paradigms. The professors also provided and encouraged thoughtful, constructive conversations.

– Megan J. Robinson


The M.A. in Communication consists of 30 credit hours and combines communication theory with hands-on application, guided by expert instructors who are active in the field. Students will complete 12 credit hours of core requirements plus an additional 18 credit hours of coursework chosen from specializations or electives. You could complete the program with a specialization in Strategic Communication and/or Organizational Communication. As an alternative, you can complete the program with no specialization and choose from a range of elective courses.

If you opt for the standalone 15 credit hour Strategic Communication Certificate or Organizational Communication Certificate, you can elect to apply these credits toward a Master of Arts in Communication degree.

Instead of a comprehensive exam, you have the option to create an online portfolio at the culmination of your communication master’s degree. The portfolio can be showcased to potential employers and colleagues.


Program Outcomes

After completing the program, you’ll be able to:

Optional Specialization

Strategic Communication Specialization

The Strategic Communication specialization offers you practice in various communication platforms. You will gain essential skills for designing, implementing and managing communication plans and strategies while developing an understanding of critical concepts in communication research, management, marketing, advertising, public relations and more.

Organizational Communication Specialization

The Organizational Communication specialization explores both the theory and practice of effective leadership, team building, group dynamics, and conflict management within an organizational setting. You will focus on the importance of effective group and team communication, which are critical for organizations to achieve their mission and/or goals.

Strategic Communication Certificate

The Strategic Communication Certificate prepares you to deftly use digital and media platforms to create effective messages to accomplish the goals of individuals, corporations, and diverse audiences.

Organizational Communication Certificate

With this certificate, you will be able to apply effective leadership principles and practices within a communication situation.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the online MA in Communication from Queens, you’ll need:

*A GRE score is not required for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 must provide an acceptable GRE score from within the past five years, or can appeal the requirement if they have more than five years of professional work experience.

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Tuition Details

This 30 credit hour program costs $850 per credit hour. All costs are listed for the program to enable you to make an informed decision.


Mentorship From Expert Faculty

Thanks to our small class sizes, you’ll have direct access to your professors. Get answers to your questions, individualized support, and more.


Advantages of Online Learning

Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed, including 24/7 tech support. Benefit from smaller class sizes and experience our rich, interactive learning platform that makes connecting with your studies simple.


Explore Financial Aid Options

Figuring out how to pay for your education can seem intimidating, but you have Queens on your side. Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.


Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Arts in Communication, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

The average student completes this online master’s program in 2 years, but some students can complete the program in 1.5 years. Students who require more flexibility can take longer to complete the program.

The applied communications field has massive utility for organizations across all industries and will remain essential as organizations compete in the ever-evolving landscape of emerging media. According to Burning Glass Labor Insights:

  • 23.2% job growth is projected for social media strategists over the next 10 years
  • Marketing managers with master’s degrees earn a median $97,100 annually, 19.3% more than marketing managers with a bachelor’s

This program is suited for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for emerging media who may be interested in areas such as:

  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Corporate communication
  • Leadership and organization development
  • Training and professional development
  • Human resources
  • Community affairs
  • Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • Media production
  • Social and digital media campaign coordination

Learn more about your career opportunities with Queens’ MA in Communication.

Previous work experience in communications is not required for this program. Due to the ever-evolving nature of applied communications, this program is best suited for those who view communications as a life pursuit, with the intention of remaining current with the industry over time.

The estimated total tuition is $25,500. Certificates in communication cost $12,750.

Note this estimate does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, loan fees, and other costs you might incur. Consider taking these costs into account when you budget for your school year.

Learn more about tuition for the MA in Communication and your financial aid options.

The program is offered in a flexible format that allows you to select either full- or part-time.

There are four core courses in the core M.A. in Communication curriculum. Following 12 hours of core requirements, you will take 18 more credit hours. You can choose a specialization in Strategic or Organizational Communication, both specializations, a combination of one specialization and electives or all electives.

Sample topics include organizational identity and branding, group & team dynamics, digital community engagement, creativity and networks and issues in intercultural communication.

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  1. Taylor, J.C., Jr. (2019, May 7). Communication Skills Still Essentials for the Tech Generation: Ask HR. USA Today. Retrieved from
  2. (2019, Sept. 4). Media and Communication Occupations. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from
  3. (2019, Sept. 4). Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from
  4. 2019, Dec. 16). Public Relations and Fundraising Managers. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from