Master the Theory. Lead the Conversation.
Communication in the 21st century continues to grow more interactive, visual and social than ever. Learn how to effectively engage individuals and communities across digital, social and traditional platforms with the Master of Arts in Communication at Queens University of Charlotte’s Knight School of Communication.
Course work and assignments are designed to provide instant, real-world applicability and expose students to the most current theory and best practices in the communication field.
It’s Not WHAT You Say – It’s HOW You Say It
Our program provides you with a greater understanding of how effective communication shapes successful strategies, structures and processes in organizations and society. Through the progressive communication curriculum, you’ll learn how to successfully deploy new and traditional communication tools and platforms to achieve your professional and personal goals.
Discover how to:
- Identify and understand the needs and motivations of different audiences and communities
- Comprehend and leverage communication dynamics in various forms of media
- Create and analyze meaningful messages and texts
- Craft effective content, brands and visuals
Communication plays a key role in the world of business, but many of today’s managers feel millennials are lacking the soft skills needed for success. View our infographic on communication in the modern workplace to learn more about the demand for soft skills and the benefits of earning a Master of Arts in Communication.
At the Forefront of the Field
Thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation, the Knight School of Communication is a leader in the study and development of digital and media literacy. As a student in the program, you’ll benefit from the School’s knowledge of the latest practices, research and theory in existing and emerging forms of media, which you can put to work right away.
Taught by award-winning faculty, the online MA in Communication will prepare you to make a difference, whether it is increasing organizational success, launching an entrepreneurial endeavor, or leading the conversation to drive solutions in your community. Start your conversation with Queens today to learn more.
An Introduction from the Program Director
Our faculty is fully committed to making sure students thrive in the program and beyond. Read for more details on how that benefits you in this message from John MacArthur, Ph.D., Director of the MA in Communication program.
Let’s talk about the Master of Arts in Communication. Request more information or call us at 866-313-2356 to speak with an admissions advisor.
Jenna Wise, MA in Communication student: I chose the communications program at Queens because of the direct application to my job now. I'm in marketing - it seemed like a really good supplement to what I'm already doing.
Dr. Zachary White: We cut across some of the traditional disciplines and professions, from human resources, to public relations, to marketing, and people with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Dr. Eric Freedman: The Communication program at Queens is unlike any other communication program in the nation, both in terms of our charge, which is linking theory to practice and tackling applied digital literacy; but also the size of our program makes us so nimble that we can respond to change in the communication landscape in a way that other communication programs seem unable to.
The balance between theory and practice that we have in the Knight School of Communication is critically important because we don't simply want to teach students how to communicate with each other or as part of the curriculum; but we want to really empower them so that they can take those lessons and work to improve the communities that they find themselves living in.
White: We address communication issues both theoretically and pragmatically, and we couch those in contemporary mediated context. Students who complete our program no doubt enhance their digital and media literacy.
Wise: I was definitely hesitant in the beginning of an online program just because I kinda felt like I'd be out there by myself, so it was unexpected and really great actually to have so much interaction with other people. The social aspect really eased my eased my hesitations and made it a lot more fun.
The MyCourses platform is very simple to use; it’s intuitive. If I have a question about an assignment I can post it for everyone to see, and then the professor can respond to it directly, so that gives the benefit of the answer to everyone in the class.
White: Students who may be more reticent to participate feel more empowered to analyze and respond to others.
Wise: It’s never one or two people dominating the conversation, so you definitely hear all kinds of points of view. I like that it’s so meaningful and open to interpretation.
Freedman: The lessons that their getting in the virtual classroom at Queens can really have a direct impact on their immediate circumstance.
Wise: Being able to apply a lot of these theories and concepts at my job, I’ve been able to effect a lot of change at my office because of that.