Prospective Students

You have arrived here because you would like to explore the possibility of getting a master’s degree from North Carolina State University. Congratulations! You have taken the first step in exploring and achieving your higher-education goals.

You might be working full-time, looking for a change of professional focus or to formally pursue professional development by earning a graduate degree. If you’re an undergraduate student, you may be in your final year and anxious to continue your education to get that competitive edge in the job market.

The Master of Science in Communication program provides an intensive educational experience grounded in strong theoretical and methodological training. Our students come to us with varied goals and leave us to further those goals in diverse contexts—non-profit agencies, public relations firms, Ph.D. programs, training and development organizations, and governmental agencies, to name a few. Additionally, our program provides opportunities to become involved with a variety of educational experiences outside of the traditional classroom that including study abroad, internships (work that may apply to your credit-hour requirements via course COM 650), and certificate programs. Our program prides itself in providing foundational educational experiences that can benefit many career goals and we have been successful in seeing students hired by highly competitive organizations and accepted into Ph.D. programs in top universities after graduation. 

Our annual application deadline is FEBRUARY 1, Midnight; Eastern Standard Time. 

Graduate Assistantships are available for those with excellent GRE scores and GPAs. The program is called the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP). It is not a loan, but a type of work-study program that pays tuition in full for two years (full-time students only) and also pays health insurance. In exchange, students will work a maximum 20 hours a week helping professors with classes, and in the last year, teaching undergraduate communication courses. Some graduate assistants also help with research projects. Be sure to check the options for “Financial Aid” at the top of your application’s first page if you would like to be considered for an assistantship.

Our program focuses not only on the intellectual development of graduate students, but also on the full graduate student experience. M.S. in Communication Ambassadors (volunteers from our student body who have been in the program one year or more) are a ready-made web of connections for new students and provide a strong support system; they host a number of gatherings to assist students in managing the daily grind of graduate school, and truly serve as “ambassadors” for the program and department at NC State University events.

We are excited you are interested in our program and encourage you to learn more via the menu links to the left.