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Online Master's Degree in Communication Studies

Choosing the Right Online University is an Important Investment in Your Future


A Master's Degree for 21st Century Communicators 

A Path to Leadership in Communications

The way we communicate is constantly changing. Leaders today need to know how to respond in moments of conflict and change, engage with diverse audiences, and optimize communications in a complex, evolving world. While an understanding of a wide variety of tactics is key, a deeper understanding of communications strategies and applicable methods and skills are essential to developing effective leadership in communications and delivering our messages in a diverse world. 

Stevenson’s Master’s in Communication Studies online program will prepare you for leadership roles in communications by focusing on advanced topics in the field. These include public relations and crisis communications, intercultural communication, and leadership through conflict and change. Our 36-credit program provides you with a foundation for successful communications leadership and the frameworks necessary for the practical application of communication skills, theories, and strategies in both personal and professional settings. 

Flexible Pacing, Personalized Support 

Our program is offered in convenient 8-week online sessions, 6-times per year—spring, summer, and fall. This allows you to pursue your master’s degree in the format and timeframe that works best for you. 

Since our founding in 1947, Stevenson has been known for our personalized approach to education, experienced and accessible faculty who teach and mentor, and a strong career focus so that what you learn today can be applied on the job tomorrow. From your faculty to your success coach, you will have the individualized attention and support that make a difference in your education and your professional goals. 

  • Courses

    Foundational Courses for Communicators 

    Whatever your interests or professional goals, the skills you develop in our online Communication Studies master’s program will enable you to reach and influence the stakeholders, customers, and communities your serve. Whether you are interested in public relations and crisis communications; communications leadership and management; or addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion through more effective communications, the Master’s in Communication Studies program has a place and a pathway for you. 

    Courses include:

    • CM 600 Cultures and Communication 
    • CM 605 Communication Ethics in the Public Sphere 
    • CM 610 Interpersonal Communication 
    • CM 620 Conflict Communication and Leadership 
    • CM 625 Contemporary Communication 
    • CM 630 Contemporary Organizations and Communication 
  • Admissions/Tuition


    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work. If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, students must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A member list is available on the NACES website.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
    Tuition Rate Standard
    Per Credit $670.00
    Per Course (3-Credits) $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 online master's in communication studies by eliminating all fees. 
    • Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.

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