Communication (M.A.)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Application Deadline

Priority deadline: January 19 for consideration for funding

Final deadline: April 15

 

Our program offers advanced study in strategic communication and society, media, and technology research from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.

What Is a Master's in Communication?

A master's in communication prepares you for doctoral studies or advanced careers in the field. The program introduces you to public and mass communication for application to academic and professional settings. You will engage in reviewing and discussing research and crticism while collecting and interpreting original research data.

Why Study Communication Here?

Our master's in Communication students are active researchers. You work on your own projects, in research teams, and with faculty mentors. You'll present your own findings at professional conferences and in publications. We also offer advanced study in public and mass communication research from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. 

Our Program

We combine the study of complex theories with strategic thinking, research, and practical application. We offer rigorous engagement in issues involving the production, content, and impact of messages.

Our faculty's strengths center on:

  • Audiences
  • Media policy
  • Technology
  • Artifacts in social, political, organizational, and cultural contexts .

We prepare you to pursue communication doctoral studies, research positions in industries, advanced teaching positions, and careers as communication professionals.

What You'll Study

A typical plan of study...

You'll take master's Communication courses while completing a substantial learning experience outside the classroom that includes the successful writing and defense of a thesis.

Year 1: Fall Semester

  • COMM 5014: Communication Theory (3 credits)
  • COMM 5024: Communication Research Methods (3 credits)
  • COMM 5614: Rhetorical Theory/Criticism (3 credits)

and either

  • COMM 5034: 2 hour teaching practicum (for public speaking GTAs) / 1 hour mandatory grad school teaching class (other GTAs)

or

  • COMM 5994: Research or Elective Course - determined by the Graduate Director

Year 1: Spring Semester

  • COMM Class (3 credits)
  • COMM Class (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • COMM 5034: 1 hour teaching practicum (if PS GTA)
  • Independent Reading or Research (2 credits)

Year 2: Fall Semester

  • COMM Class (3 credits)
  • COMM Class (3 credits)
  • Research & Thesis, Independent Study, or Class (3 credits)
  • COMM 5034: 1 hour teaching practicum (if PS GTA)
  • COMM 5044: 2 hour thesis prospectus practicum

Year 2: Spring Semester

  • COMM Class (3 credits)
  • COMM Class (3 credits)
  • Hours to Complete Research and Thesis 
  • COMM 5034: 1 hour teaching practicum (if PS GTA)

Note: Credits listed are for those serving in GA/GTA positions. Non-GA/GTA students are not responsible for all hours listed but are still required to take at least two COMM classes each semester and meet all graduation requirements.

Application Deadline

Priority deadline: January 19 for consideration for funding

Final deadline: April 15

CONTACT US

Program Inquiries:

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Beth M. Waggenspack

Application Questions:

Graduate Staff Coordinator

Ms. Wendy Hodge