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Master of Arts in Communication Studies

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Program Quick Facts

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Individualized Program

Choose from two specializations to develop the right skills for your career.

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100% Online

Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Affordable Tuition

NMSU Global Campus offers competitively priced tuition and scholarship opportunities.

Improve Your Leadership Skills

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies from NMSU Global Campus can help you achieve upward mobility in your career. This 100% online graduate program is specialized into two important areas of communication, giving you the opportunity to individualize the program to your needs:

  • Organizational Analysis and Decision Making, to help you manage a technical environment
  • Organizational Leadership Communication, to improve your leadership and communication skills

No matter which specialization you choose, this flexible, affordable program offers you the tools you need to mediate important communications between companies and employees, the government and the public, or organizations and their members.

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Career Pathways

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at NMSU Global Campus enjoy a wide variety of professional options:

  • Business, Corporate, and Organizational Communication
  • Digital Media Communication and Mass Communication 
  • Global and International Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Marketing Communication and Public Relations 
  • Political and Strategic Communication
  • Technical Communication
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

The MA in Communication Studies offers two concentrations, each one equipping you with effective leadership skills to thrive in any organizational environment.

A concentration in Organizational Leadership Communication teaches you how to manage complex issues in the workplace. You’ll receive an advanced understanding of how communication and leadership drive organizational culture, team success, and managerial effectiveness.

A concentration in Organizational Analysis and Decision Making shows you how to thoroughly analyze problems from multiple angles to reach a straightforward course of action. With this multidisciplinary concentration, you’ll learn how to factor current data and organizational challenges into your problem-solving techniques, all while staying true to your intellectual ideals.

At a time of dynamic change in global business, the MA in Communication Studies is the professional development program you need to master effective leadership skills and stay up-to-date on current trends.

Delivery Format: 100% online
Program Credits: 30 credits
Program Length: 1.5-2 years
Cost Per Credit Hour: $444.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Arts and Sciences
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The Master of Arts in Communication Studies requires 30 credits of coursework and offers Fall, Spring, and Summer start dates. At least 15 credits must be completed in the Communication Studies Department, and the final 3 credits of coursework must be project hours (COMM 5994: MA Project). All courses are offered online and taught asynchronously in 8-week formats.

Sample Courses Credits
COMM 4530: Leadership Communication 3
COMM 5230: Strategic Communication 3
COMM 5510: Organizational Communication 3
COMM 5560: Ethics and Diversity in Leadership Communication 3
COMM 5630: Family Communication 3
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Up to 15 credits taken outside of Communication Studies can count toward the degree as long as you complete the Leadership Communication Concentration in Communication Studies. You must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and you must earn at least a B in each course. Two courses (6 credits) with numbers 450+ can be counted.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.