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Online Master's in Communication Studies

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  • Program Overview

    Build your Communication Skills

    Technology enables us to seek and present information at our fingertips, leaving no industry immune from a requirement to communicate effectively and professionally. Communication skills are more crucial than ever — not just for the media specialist, but for professionals in any field.

    No matter the medium or the field, there is a constant demand for professionals who have mastered the art of effective communication and the ability to drive people to action. For working professionals who want to enhance their communications skills and advance their careers, a master’s in Communication Studies can be the key to unlock new opportunities in any field. An investment in their future at Stevenson University can enable them to embark on the track for greater success.

    Communication is Crucial

    According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2015 Job Outlook survey, more than 73 percent of employers reported communication skills as a top qualification they seek in potential job candidates. Stevenson University Online’s Master of Science in Communication Studies is developed for professionals who want to build a foundation of effective communication competencies for personal and professional advancement. This master’s program helps graduates translate fundamental ideas of communication into real-world applications. Graduates will develop their skills in evaluating and creating solutions to conflicts that occur within organizations. Graduates who attain their Master of Science in Communication Studies through Stevenson University will also be equipped to assist organizations in constructing successful team-building strategies. These strategies are key in streamlining internal and external communications across various cultural, social, and business settings.

    Designed for working professionals, our graduate degree in Communication Studies is offered fully online in 8-week sessions. This allows students to complete the coursework in a way that fits with their schedule and lifestyle so they can pursue an online Communication Studies master’s degree without having to sacrifice their current career track.

    Preparing for the World of Tomorrow

    Graduates with an MS in Communication Studies from Stevenson University Online will be positioned to take advantage of career opportunities beyond those typically associated with this field of study, such as public relations, advertising, marketing, and media. While the need for professionals in these industries is projected to continue to steadily increase over the next decade, the benefits of possessing strong communication skills transcend those specific industries. Therefore, the job outlook for professionals with a master’s in Communication Studies is exceptionally strong and will continue to grow.

    Working professionals who choose to advance their careers through our program can expect to find themselves better positioned for the ever-changing world of information and communication once they complete their advanced degree. With the combination of our experienced faculty and their real-world experience, in addition to our courses built around the needs of the working adult student — Stevenson University Online is the best choice among communication graduate programs for career enhancement.

  • 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 transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
  • Faculty


    Nadene Vevea, Ph.D. (2016)
    Associate Dean Communication Programs
    Ph.D., North Dakota State University
    Graduate Certificate, North Dakota State University
    M.A., B.A., Minnesota State University

    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. 

    Stevenson University Online 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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