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Master of Arts in Communication Studies


Program Overview

Explore the 100% Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies Program at Arkansas State University


Expand your career path with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies online degree from Arkansas State University. This graduate level program improves your effectiveness in communicating with small and large audiences, making you a valuable asset to any business organization. Sharpen your research and writing skills, and gain insight into nonverbal and multicultural communication.

icon $9,510 Program Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $9,510 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
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Throughout this online master’s program, you will grow your proficiency in the subtleties of different communication Program Tuition methods—preparing you to voice your message in a format that best resonates with your audience. Gain knowledge about multicultural and nonverbal communication, communication theories, and research and writing techniques that help you craft effective messaging.

Learning qualitative and quantitative research methods along with models and theories of human communication will allow you to create meaning in your communications. The competencies you acquire can help you move up into management roles such as program director and communications or content management, as well as teaching at the higher-education level.

The 100% online Master of Arts in Communication Studies degree at Arkansas State University is designed for flexibility and is customizable to meet your interests, with electives making up more than half of the program. Create a curriculum that helps you achieve your personal and professional goals on your own schedule in this affordable degree program.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for career advancement into communications roles including:

  • Communications Manager
  • Program Manager
  • College Instructor
  • Content Manager
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Tuition

Earning Your Master of Arts Online Is Cost-Effective


Our M.A. in Communication Studies online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Total Tuition $9,510
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00

Calendar

Review Deadlines and Start Dates for the Flexible M.A. in Communication Studies


Our completely online M.A. in Communication Studies offers multiple start date options and accelerated coursework with working professional students in mind.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/25/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/27/2021
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Admissions

Check the Requirements for Our M.A. in Communication Studies Program


A-State Online has a streamlined admission process for new students and transfers alike. Students who are interested in the M.A. in Communication Studies online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution.
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institutions.
  • Submit a writing sample that showcases applicants' writing abilities and demonstrates creative thinking skills. Examples of acceptable samples include a term or research paper or rhetorical analysis.

Additional Information

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

Preview the M.A. in Communication Studies Online Courses


The M.A. in Communication Studies online program requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Students will take four required core courses (12 credit hours) and choose six elective courses that are COMS or STCM courses (18 credit hours).

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

CMAC 6053: Quantitative Research Methods

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the tools and techniques of empirical research as they may be applied to mass communications

CMAC 6203: Introduction to Graduate Study

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Survey of research methods; evaluation of selected studies; preparation of thesis.

CMAC 6253: Qualitative Research Methods in Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to acquaint students with major approaches to qualitative inquiry in the field of communication. Students will gain experience in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative data as well as in writing qualitative research reports..

COMS 6103: Communication Theory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theories, models, and approaches relevant to the study of human communication.

Students must select four courses (12 credit hours) from the following choices. Two courses (six credit hours) must be 6000-level courses.

STCM 6033: Communication Regulation and Policy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course provides an introduction to media laws and regulations, addressing how they impact media managers, how to allocate necessary resources, and how to remain current as to media policies and regulations.

STCM 6253: Audience Market Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Using social scientific research methods for audience/consumer analysis, this course provides a survey of applications of research in media industries. Pragmatic task activities will be conducted via Nielsen, Arbitron, SRDS and related data sources to find audience market.

STCM 6263: Advertising Account Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced study of the principles and practice of media account management. Includes an in-depth analysis of advantages and disadvantages of multiple media platforms in communicating messages to diverse target audiences and a discussion of effective and ethical client relationships.

STCM 6303: Seminar in Strategic Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The role of strategic communications in and for organizations and brands, including communications objective(s), target audience(s), and key messages. Addresses application of communication theory and research related to public relations, advertising and social media.

STCM 6533: Strategic Communication Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The Strategic Communication capstone course is an opportunity for students to synthesize and apply knowledge throughout the Strategic Communication program. Under the guidance of the instructor, students investigate a real-world strategic communication issue, devising solutions, recommendations and strategies that bridge the gap between theory and practice.

STCM 6313: Seminar in Information Technology Law

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of principles of privacy law and technology to current legal and policy problems.

COMS 6253: Audience Market Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Using social scientific research methods for audience/consumer analysis, this course provides a survey of applications of research in media industries. Pragmatic task activities will be conducted via Nielsen, Arbitron, SRDS and related data sources to find audience market.

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