Communication Degree Program Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of professional backgrounds and career goals do students in the online communication degree program have?
Communication is central to any kind of organizational work, so students in the communication degree program come from a wide variety of industries and fields. Some work in an official communications capacity — such as marketing, public relations, or corporate communications. Some work in areas where communication plays an important role, such as leadership development, human resources, community affairs, and entrepreneurship. What they have in common is a need for an understanding of communication strategies and principles, and how to apply them to current and emerging media to get their message heard most effectively.

The diversity of experiences makes for interesting discussions in class, with each student contributing a unique perspective. Ultimately, anyone seeking to enhance their communication skills or change careers can grow both personally and professionally from our master’s in communication online curriculum.

How long does it take to complete this program?
The average student completes this online master’s program in 2 years, but some students can complete the program in 1.5 years. Students who require more flexibility can take longer to complete the program.

What are the admissions guidelines for the Master of Arts in Communication?
Admissions requirements include:

  • Completed Graduate Application
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic course work that demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • No GRE required for applicants with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Note: Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 must provide acceptable GRE scores from within the past five years (Scores before August 1, 2011: Verbal 500/Quantitative 410/Analytical 4.0. Scores after August 1, 2011: Verbal 153/Quantitative 140/Analytical 4.0).  Applicants with greater than five years of professional work experience may appeal the GRE requirement.
  • Written statement describing professional and personal goals and objectives. For more information, read the Personal Statement Guidelines.
  • Two letters of academic or professional reference submitted via fax or email
  • Resume outlining academic and professional background and recognitions, honors and awards

Are there any on-campus requirements?
No. This degree program is 100 percent online. While there are no campus requirements, online students are an important part of the Queens community and are always welcome to visit the campus, to meet with professors and to participate in commencement activities, just like our on-campus students.

Is a thesis required?
No, but throughout the program you will work on a digital portfolio and a final project in your area of interest or expertise.

How do I get started?
If you’re ready to apply, go to the Apply Now page. For questions or more information about the Master of Arts in Communication degree program, please contact us at 866-313-2356 to speak directly with an admissions advisor, or request more information online.

How much is tuition for this program?
The estimated total tuition is $25,500. Certificates in communication cost $12,750.

Note that this estimate does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, loan fees and other costs you may incur. Consider taking these costs into account when you budget for your school year.

Learn more about tuition for the M.A. in Communication and your financial aid options.

Which classes are required to complete the M.A. in Communication?
There are four core courses in the core M.A. in Communication curriculum. Following 12 hours of core requirements, you will take 18 more credit hours. You can choose a specialization in Strategic or Organizational Communication, both specializations, a combination of one specialization and electives or all electives.

Sample topics include organizational identity and branding, group & team dynamics, digital community engagement, creativity and networks and issues in intercultural communication.