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Online Master's in Communication

BREAK THROUGH THE NOISE WITH STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

Total Credits 30

Cost per Credit $884

  • Complete your degree in as few as 18-months
  • Pick from 2 concentrations —  Strategic Communication and Organizational Communication
  • Take courses entirely online, or face-to-face — you pick
  • Stackable certificates in Strategic Communication and Organizational Communication 

With small class sizes to ensure individualized attention, two standout specializations, and the option to earn your degree in as few as 18-months, the online Master of Arts in Communication provides professionals in all industries with foundational communication theory and practical, hands-on skills to become engaged citizens, advocates, and leaders in their communities.

What Makes Us Unique?

Balanced curriculum. Courses seamlessly combine communication theory with hands-on application resulting in longterm success as a communication practitioner. You’ll graduate with the hard and soft skills that employers desire.

Flexible format for work/life balance. Experience a convenient, flexible, and innovative online learning environment. The asynchronous course format makes it easy to find time to review materials and complete assignments without missing out on any outside obligations.

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Communicate with Clarity and Confidence

When so much information is competing for our attention, thoughtful, forward-thinking communication strategies are integral to operational success. At the Knight School of Communication, our online Master’s in Communication program teaches you how to craft engaging communication strategies that drive action and get results. 

With concentrations in Strategic Communication and Organizational Communication, the M.A. in Communication program infuses communication theory with practical application, so you can use emerging media and technology to create compelling messages that reach diverse audiences.

You will learn under the guided mentorship of seasoned communication faculty who are experts in their field and gain an in-depth understanding of relevant, cutting-edge communication strategies and principles. This approach positions you 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, or in as few as 18 months.

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.

Stackable Certificate Options Available.

As an alternative to the online Master’s 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.

Fast Track to the Finish. Earn Your Degree in 18 Months.

Explore Our Specializations

The Queens Master’s in Communication online program offers two optional specializations so you can tailor your education to your needs, interests and professional aspirations.

MA Communication: Strategic Communication

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.

MA Communication: Organizational Communication

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.

A Curriculum That Makes Communication Leaders

Coure courses 4

Electives offered 14

Guided by expert instructors who are active in the field, the online M.A. in Communication consists of 30 credit hours and combines communication theory with hands-on application. You will complete 12 credit hours of core requirements plus an additional 18 credit hours of coursework chosen from either an optional specialization or from our elective portfolio.

Graduate with an Interview-Ready Job Portfolio
Instead of a comprehensive exam, Queens gives you the option to create an online portfolio at the culmination of your communication master’s degree. This portfolio-approach is a great tool that you can showcase to potential employers and colleagues to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and communication expertise.

Choose From Two Concentrations

  • Strategic Communication: Dive into the complexity that surrounds the communication process, hone your critical thinking skills, and learn how to create, deploy, and manage communication strategies at the individual and organizational level.
  • Organizational Communication: Gain a deeper understanding of team and group dynamics so that you can implement more effective and personalized communication strategies for your audience.
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What You Will Learn

As a student, and eventual graduate, of the Queens online communication master’s program, you will confidently walk away with a robust set of skills to propel you toward continued career success and proactively position you for future opportunities.

Learn from an expert faculty of communication practitioners as you explore the relationship between principled leadership and effective communication.

“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, M.A. in Communication Alumni

Job Growth is High for Communication Professionals

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 27,000 new jobs will become available in media and communication occupations through 2028.1

Advertising/Marketing Manager

$132,620/year

As an advertising, promotions and marketing manager, you could make a median annual salary of $132,620.2

Public Relations Manager

$114,800/year

Secure a median annual salary of $114,800 as a public relations and fundraising manager.3

In our ever-evolving technological world, communication knowledge and skills are more important than ever.4 With an online communication degree from Queens University of Charlotte, you will possess both the theoretical knowledge and strategies you need to execute winning communication strategies across mediums and communities.

EXPLORE CAREERS

A Master’s in Communication is Universal

Communication is universal, so graduates with an M.A in Communication are well-positioned for success in a wide variety of fields. In fact, students currently enrolled in the online communication program hail from a range of industries. The diversity of their experiences makes for interesting discussions in class, with each student contributing a unique perspective.

Our Students Come From the Following Fields

  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Corporate communication
  • Health communication
  • Leadership and organization development

  • Training and consulting
  • Human resources
  • Community affairs and development
  • Journalism
  • Education

Graduates with a master’s degree in communication can easily prioritize work tasks, maintain a positive attitude, and work effectively with a team. These three soft skills are among the most sought after traits by employers.

Having the ability to communicate clearly with colleagues is essential to acquiring these skills. Beyond a medium for transmitting information, communication is vital to organizational identity and brand, leadership and empowerment, as well as creativity and innovation.

Admission Requirements

No GRE/GMAT

No application fee

With no application fee, Queens University of Charlotte makes it easy to apply for admission to the online M.A. in Communication program. Here is what you’ll need to get started.

Plus, no GRE required for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

The online Master’s in Communication program is a 30-credit hour program and costs $884 per credit hour.

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Figuring out how to pay for your education shouldn’t be intimidating. Many of our students use Federal Financial Assistance to offset their tuition, and you may qualify, too.

Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.

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The Online Student Experience and It’s Advantages

Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed, including 24/7 tech support. Our motto is “not to be served, but to serve,” so we’re here to do just that. We strive to make sure our online students feel supported and get the best education, guidance and support the University has to offer.

Online Learning Features and Tools

Shared blogs

Video conferencing

Instant messaging

Social media/community tools

Queens utilizes Canvas, a robust and agile online learning environment where students can access course materials and assignments anytime, anywhere — even on your smartphone or tablet.

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Guidance 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.

Our faculty is fully committed to making sure students thrive in the program and beyond. Read for more details on how that benefits you in this message from Carolyn Lagoe, Ph.D, Director of the MA in Communication program.

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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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Sources:

  1. (2019, Sept. 4). Media and Communication Occupations. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/home.htm
  2. (2019, Sept. 4). Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/advertising-promotions-and-marketing-managers.htm#tab-8
  3. (2019, Dec. 16). Public Relations and Fundraising Managers. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/public-relations-managers.htm
  4. Taylor, J.C., Jr. (2019, May 7). Communication Skills Still Essentials for the Tech Generation: Ask HR. USA Today. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/07/soft-skill-still-important-workplace-communication/3645270002/