Master of Arts (MA) in Communication

Chair or Program Director: 

Ruth R. Wagoner, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Communication Studies
School of Communication 229, Phone 502.272.8417, rwagoner@bellarmine.edu

Faculty: 

Kyle Barnett, Ph.D.; Gail R. Henson, Ph.D.; Moira O'Keefe, Ph.D.; Kimberly A. Parker, Ph.D; Winnie Spitza, J.D.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Communication Program provides a generalist approach to communication theory and literature. The program goals and outcomes include teaching students to lead and communicate effectively in the global workplace; training students to create effective communication programs within the private, nonprofit, and public sectors; and cultivating the ability to utilize media effectively and communicate ethically in a culturally diverse work environment. 

Program Outcomes

Specifically the Department of Communication goals and outcomes are to ensure students will be competent:

  • To develop the knowledge, capacity and competencies needed to create effective communication programs within the private, nonprofit, and public sector.
  • To develop the knowledge, capacity and competencies needed to utilize media effectively.
  • To develop knowledge, capacity and competencies to communicate ethically in a culturally diverse work environment.

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the master’s program requires approval by the MA in Communication Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee. The requirements for admission are as follows:

  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A personal statement: a one page statement describing your interest in the MA in Communication.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  • A current resume.
  • Students are encouraged to submit GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores. Students may be conditionally admitted without a standardized test score.
  • If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States, or English is your second language, you will be required to submit an official TOEFLiBT (internet-based test) score and receive a total score of 80 or higher. We will also consider an equivalent score on the IELTS or MELAB tests. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL score from any applicant.
  • Additional information is required from international applicants; see the MA in Communication admission application form for more information.

For more information contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 1.800.274.4723 x 8258, 502.272.7200, or gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu. 

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