• 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.

  • 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
    B.A., M.A., Minnesota State University 
    Graduate Certificate, North Dakota State University
    Ph.D., North Dakota 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

  • Courses


    The Master of Science in Communication Studies is an online 36-credit hour program.

    • 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

    Students select one of the following degree completion options:

    • CM 720 Capstone: Communication Architecture Project (6 credits)


    • CM 720 Master’s Thesis (6 credits)

    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.