• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    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. Designed for working professionals, our graduate degree in Communication Studies is offered fully online in 8-week sessions.

    Communication is Crucial

    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.

    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.

  • Courses


    • CM 505 - Communication Theory and Applications

      3 credits

      Examines major theories related to the areas of interpersonal, group, public, mass, and cultural communication. Students will use these theories as frameworks for investigating contemporary issues in human communication processes and as they apply theory to case studies and problem-solving examples.

    • CM 510 - Research Writing and Methods

      3 credits

      Introduces students to methodological approaches for the purpose of exploring communication phenomena.

    • CM 600 - Cultures and Communication

      3 credits

      Applies the theories and concepts of cultural communication to various personal, social, and professional contexts.  Students will conduct research in the area of intercultural communication as well as analyze the effectiveness of their intercultural communication competence.

    • CM 605 - Communication Ethics in the Public Sphere

      3 credits

      Investigates ethical standards and behaviors in relation to, and application in, interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and health communication. Students will examine case studies, narrative structures, and institutional missions to understand and explain how communication ethics affects decision-making in the personal and business spheres.

    • CM 610 - Interpersonal Communication

      3 credits

      Analyzes the concepts and practices of interpersonal communication through evaluation of related theories and research. Students will interrogate concepts and issues that deal with the relationship between the self and others on personal, professional, and social levels.

    • CM 615 - Nonverbal Communication

      3 credits

      Examines theories and research surrounding nonverbal aspects of human communication. Students will investigate critically nonverbal communication in relation to a myriad of cultural groups and diverse contexts.

    • CM 620 - Conflict Communication and Leadership

      3 credits

      Evaluates one's own and others' conflict styles in various contexts. Students will determine appropriate conflict resolution methods as leaders and learn how to manage conflict from the perspective of one in charge.

    • CM 625 - Contemporary Communication

      3 credits

      This course is under development.

    • CM 630 - Contemporary Organizations and Communication

      3 credits

      Applies the theories and concepts of the field to various institutions and organizations through case studies and other activities. Students will analyze the effectiveness of various types of communication in the attainment of institutional and company goals through class, gender, cultural, racial, national, and global lenses.

    • CM 635 - Crisis Communication

      3 credits

      Analyzes the scope of various crisis situations in diverse contexts.  Students will examine theories and research related to crisis communication in order to comprehend the ways in which strategists have addressed these issues

    • CM 720 - Capstone: Communication Architecture Project

      6 credits

      This course is under development.

    • CM 725 - Master's Thesis

      6 credits

      This course is under development.

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • 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.
    Tuition Rate Partnership Standard
    Per Credit $536.00 $670.00
    Per Course (3-Credits) $1,608.00 $2,010.00
    • Stevenson University offers a partnership tuition rate through our relationships with local community colleges, hospitals, and organizations. A full list of our partners can be found here.
    • Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. 
    • Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.
    • Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 
  • 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