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Online Master's in Communication Studies

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Advance your professional success through learning effective communication techniques. 

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  • Program Overview

    Competency in communication is vital to success in numerous professional and personal pursuits. Stevenson University’s online Master of Science in Communication Studies is designed for professionals from any industry to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to better collaborate, inspire, and lead in their personal and professional lives. Courses in conflict resolution, crisis management, and cultural differences provide students communication competencies necessary to manage people and relationships in today’s global workforce.

    According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2015 Job Outlook survey, over 73 percent of employers reported communication skills as a top qualification they seek in potential job candidates. This master’s program helps graduates translate fundamental ideas of communication into real-world applications and develop their skills in evaluating and creating solutions to conflicts that occur within organizations. Graduates will also be equipped to assist organizations in constructing successful team-building strategies and streamlining internal and external communications across various cultural, social, and business settings.

    Developed for working professionals, this graduate program is offered fully onlineGraduates will be eligible for career opportunities in a variety of growing industries including public relations, advertising and promotions, marketing management, media sales, event planning, and market research. Maryland occupational projections indicate that the potential need for professionals in these industries will continue to steadily increase over the next decade. Position opportunities for graduates in these growing markets include Public Relations Manager, Public Relations Specialist, Advertising Manager, Promotions Manager, Media Sales Manager, Event Planner, and Market Research Analyst. 

  • Courses


    Communication Studies is a 36-credit master's program. All coursework is completed entirely online in 8-week sessions. Students will select between the capstone project or the master’s thesis in order to complete their degree. 

    The following major areas of communication are covered in the curriculum and will be integrated into the final project capstone experience or thesis: Interpersonal, Intercultural, Organizational, Nonverbal, Conflict Resolution, Small Group, Rhetorical and Speech.

    Core Courses

    • CM 505 Communication Theory and Applications
    • CM 510 Research Writing and Methods
    • CM 600 Cultures and Communication
    • CM 605 Communication Ethics in the Public Sphere 
    • CM 610 Interpersonal Communication 
    • CM 615 Nonverbal Communication 
    • CM 620 Conflict Communication and Leadership
    • CM 625 Contemporary Communication 
    • CM 630 Contemporary Organizations and Communication
    • CM 635 Crisis Communication
    • CM 720 Capstone: Communication Project or Thesis (6 credits)
  • Admission Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work. 
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
  • Faculty


    Deric Greene, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Business Communication
    B.S., James Madison University;
    M.A., Norfolk State University;
    Ph.D., Howard University

    Heather Harris, Ph.D.
    Professor, Business Communication
    B.A., Concordia University
    M.A., Howard University
    Ph.D., Howard University

    Leeanne Bell McManus, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Business Communication
    B.A., University of Pittsburg;
    M.A., West Virginia University;
    Ph.D., Duquesne University

    Stephanie Verni, M.F.A.
    Associate Professor of Business Communication
    B.S., Towson University
    M.S., Towson University;
    M.F.A., National University

  • Tuition


    Established in 1947, Stevenson University has a long history of providing students an affordable, private education. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, in addition to a reduced-tuition rate through partnerships with community colleges, healthcare organizations, and other organizations and corporations. For a full list of Stevenson's partners, please visit our Partnerships page.

    The following reflects the total cost of a master’s degree if completing 36-credit hours. Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 

    The School of Graduate and Professional Studies has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees.

    Master’s Program Cost Per
    Credit Hour
    Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    Total Cost of Master's
    (36-Credit Hours)
    Communication Studies $670.00 $2,010.00 $24,120.00*

    *Does not include books.

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