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M.S. in Communication

We prepare students to tackle complex communication issues in industry, academia and the nonprofit sector.

Program Overview

Our program requires 36 credit hours of study.

In addition to completing 9 hours of methods and theory classes, students choose 27 hours of electives related to their field(s) of interest. Possibilities include public relations, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, cultural studies, mediated communication and digital media, among others.

Additionally, we provide opportunities for rewarding experiences outside the classroom, including internships, research projects and certificate programs.

Who should enroll?

We welcome full- and part-time students, who come to us with a wide range of goals. Some are recent college grads looking to start their careers and build on their undergraduate studies. Others are working professionals developing specializations, exploring new interests or pursuing a path in academia. The possibilities are near endless.

What are common outcomes?

Our graduates land jobs and become leaders at nonprofit agencies, public relations firms, training and development organizations, and governmental agencies, to name a few. Many become college lecturers in communication and enter doctoral programs.

We’ll help you refine and reach not only your career aims but your goals for personal growth. Our program’s theoretical foundations will broaden your perspectives and provide the tools for any path.

  • Assistant Director of Donor Relations, Duke University
  • Vice President of Customer Engagement, Assurant
  • Strategic Partnership Specialist, N.C. Sustainable Energy Association
  • Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism and Film, University of Miami
  • Senior Business Planning and Strategy Consultant, MetLife

How to Apply

When you’re ready to apply, you’ll complete your application through the NC State Graduate School. It will include a resume, personal statement, writing samples and reference letters.

We do not require prospective students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Each year, we receive an average of 75 applications and admit about 15-20 students.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Feb. 1.

Our program admits full- and part-time students to begin their studies during the fall semester. We do not accept applications for spring admissions.

Diversity and Inclusion

Communication is at the very heart of global and cultural synergy. To address this ever-changing ideology, our program combines relevant and timely coursework within a welcoming environment. We welcome qualified applicants from across the United States and around the world — all of whom can apply for teaching and research assistantships.

Students talk during a class
Graduate students talk in the board room at the college of management. Photo by Marc Hall

Graduate Assistantships

Many of our students secure graduate assistantships, which pay for tuition and health insurance — and offer valuable teaching and research experience.

Graduate assistants work up to 20 hours per week. During their first year, they help professors with classes, and in the second, they teach undergraduate communication courses. Some graduate assistants also help with research projects.

If you’re interested in applying for an assistantship, mark the appropriate financial aid option(s) on the first page of your application.