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Communication Studies (MA)

With Graduate Concentrations in Organizational Leadership Communication | Organizational Analysis and Decision Making

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Explore the MA in Communication Studies degree at NMSU Global Campus

The program offers graduates the skills and knowledge to originate and mediate important communications between corporations, government and the public, organizations and their members, and companies and their employees and consumers.

The Masters of Arts in Communication Studies from NMSU Global Campus is specialized into two important areas of communication: We offer graduate concentrations in Organizational Leadership Communication and Organizational Analysis and Decision Making.

Graduate Concentration in Organizational Leadership Communication

The MA in Communication Studies concentration in Organizational Leadership Communication is a valuable credential for upwardly mobile professionals who want to improve their leadership and communication skills.

Students develop an advanced understanding of how communication and leadership drive organizational culture, team success, and managerial effectiveness. Developing a thorough understanding of these topics will help you navigate your professional career, especially those who work in strategic communication, management, marketing, sales, human resources, or engineering.

A concentration in Organizational Leadership Communication will give you insight into the human side of organizational interactions, diversity, team building, and managing complex issues in the workplace. Students deepen their understanding of how communication and leadership can drive organizational effectiveness.

Graduate Concentration in Organizational Analysis and Decision Making

The multi-disciplinary MA in Communication Studies concentration in Organizational Analysis and Decision Making is a valuable credential for an upwardly mobile professional who wants to succeed as a manager in a technical environment.

Success or failure can depend on several variables, which is why decisions need to be based on a thorough analysis of data. Learn how to combine intellectual ideals with the realities of human and organizational behavior; students will thoroughly analyze issues and problems from multiple angles to reach a straightforward course of action.


Degree type: Master of Arts in Communication Studies

  • Graduate Concentration 1: Organizational Leadership Communication
  • Graduate Concentration 2: Organizational Analysis and Decision Making

College: Arts and Sciences

Department: Communication Studies

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program Road Map: 

Cost per credit hour:

  • Graduate online: $444.40*†
  • Active Military online: $250*†

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

*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.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

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
  • Global and International Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Marketing Communication and Public Relations 
  • Digital Media Communication and Mass Communication 
  • Political and Strategic Communication
  • Technical Communication

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Master of Arts in Communication Studies degree.

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 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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