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Master of Arts in Communication

What You’ll Study

The Master of Arts in Communication (MACom) program equips you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become an effective advocate and leader in your industry. You can also specialize in strategic and/or organizational communication, while also taking your choice of elective courses that amplify a variety of communication-related topics and skills. In every learning environment, you will engage with professors and peers seeking to leverage communication for creative, impactful change in the context that matters most to you. 

Our collaborative and interdisciplinary approach appeals to students and professionals in any industry as communication touches all aspects of life and work. Our courses and projects will help you make a meaningful impact on the organizations and communities that matter to you. Graduate with a career-ready job portfolio that will help you stand out for roles in marketing, public relations, corporate communication, and more. Become an engaged citizen, advocate, or leader by receiving individualized attention in our small class sizes and leveraging the option to earn your degree in as few as 18 months. 

Program Highlights

Number of credits: 30 credit hours 

Number of courses needed to graduate: 10 

Average completion time: 18 months 

Cost per credit: $1,000

Flexible program: Online, in-person, and hybrid courses  

No GRE/GMAT Requirement 

No Thesis or Capstone Required 

Opportunity to build a Digital Portfolio featuring course projects and program-based experiences attesting to your emerging expertise 

Competitive Graduate Assistantships Available

How Can You Use This Degree?

The MA Com program is designed to help you transform your career using communication as a catalyst for change. Our graduates are well-positioned for success in a range of fields and industries such as: 

  • Marketing    
  • Public relations 
  • Sports organizations   
  • Entertainment 
  • Media and journalism  
  • Digital branding and social media 
  • Healthcare and health-impacted industries 
  • Consulting 
  • Community work and non-profit organizations 
  • Leadership & Organizational Development 
  • Higher education 

Highlighted Courses

  • Principles of Public Relations (COM 613) 
  • Crisis Communication (COM 640) 
  • Media Theory & Criticism (COM 642) 
  • Organizational Identity and Branding (COM 664) 

Student Highlights

“[The] Queens’ program has been a life-changing experience for me. Each class I have taken has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and allowed me to assess the critical role that communication plays in every aspect of the human experience.” – Rachel Roe ’21, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead Communication Consultant at Wells Fargo

“This program helps you clarify your aspirations. And the support you receive from the professors allows you to implement your ideas immediately. For a long time [before the program], I struggled to put my ideas into action. The Knight School MACom program provided clarity. And as a result of the work I did in school, I created a newsletter that allows me to speak to people all over the world.” – Jake Griggs ’23

“One of my former professors [in the Knight School of Communication] introduced me to my current boss at ESPN, where I now work managing the Southeastern Conference website. When I had the choice for a master’s degree, I knew Queens was the place for me – not only because my classes prepared me for my job, but because of the connections I gained and the boost that the degree could give me in the job market. With small class sizes and a focus on equipping you with the skills and experience you need, you will be able to build strong relationships with your professors, which can make a huge difference as you seek work post-graduation.” – Grace Wesoly ‘23

Program Contact

Lauren Holmes

Graduate Recruiter

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Program Distinctions

Accelerated Pathways 

Explore Accelerated Pathways to earn your Bachelor’s to Master of Arts in Communication degree in less time than pursuing them singularly.   

Graduate Assistant Opportunities  

The MA in Communication program offers students application-based, competitive graduate assistantships that complement class-based learning through a network of dynamic partnerships within Charlotte and throughout North Carolina, including change-makers like the Center for Digital Equity and projects with local and state agencies such as the NC Department of Health and Human Services, and student media through the Queens University News Service

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