Master of Science in Communication Studies

Why Study Communication Studies 

The Master of Science in Communication Studies provides professional growth opportunities in the dynamic areas of strategic public relations and digital media. The Department of Communication/Journalism is accredited by ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) and is dedicated to educating graduate students in the following key areas:

  • Mass communication writing
  • Web publishing
  • Communications research and analysis
  • Theory
  • Ethics  

Why Study Communication Studies at Ship

Shippensburg University’s Communication Studies program allows you to strengthen an existing communications career, prepare for advanced communications studies, or begin a new journey into the evolving world of today’s communication industries through personalized interaction with Communication/Journalism faculty.

The graduate program in communication studies is designed for:

  • Media professionals seeking to update skills in digital media and Internet publishing for career advancement
  • Baccalaureate degree holders in communication who wishes to continue their education
  • Baccalaureate degree holders in other disciplines who wish to prepare for a career in the media, public relations, or a closely related field

You will also have opportunities to join Ship’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), or attend regional and national conventions and meetings of professional organizations with faculty.


You will have access to audio and video production studios, visual and multi-media tools, and computer labs equipped with the latest industry hardware and software, and mini-labs with iPads and access to the latest social media applications.

The MAC lab in Rowland Hall is equipped with:

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Digital cameras
  • Scanners
  • Assorted film processing equipment

The department also has several audio suites equipped with computer editing stations utilizing Adobe Audition and Apple Logic software.

The university’s TV studio in the basement of Grove Hall is used for live and pre-recorded programs. The control room equipment includes:

  • Grass Valley Kayak Digital Production Switcher
  • Compix Graphic Generator
  • EZ News (newsroom management software)
  • 24-Channel Mackie audio console
  • Apple Final Cut Pro HD non-linear editing system
  • News set
  • Chroma key wall
  • Areas to create alternate sets

The Mobile TV Production Lab is equipped with:

  • Ross Crossover 16 Production Switcher
  • Three hard-wired Cannon XHA1 cameras
  • One JVC 790U wireless camera
  • Panasonic DV decks including instant replay controllers
  • 16-Channel Mackie Audio Console
  • Talent audio and monitoring equipment

Our students operate the mobile lab in positions including talent, director, graphics, camera operators and producers, broadcasting live coverage of all home football and basketball games.

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

By enrolling in Shippensburg’s Communication Studies Master’s program, you can pursue your own individual interests within the fields of marketing and communications. This will better position you for success in the industry of your choice, whether it’s media, government, or non-profit. Through the Master’s in Communications optional internship component, you will gain valuable real-world experience and professional contacts that may be useful when searching for a job.

Our interns have worked with organizations such as:

  • The Patriot News (Harrisburg)
  • FoxSportsNet (Pittsburgh)
  • Lancaster United Way
  • Governor’s Press Office (Harrisburg)
  • U.S. Army War College (Carlisle)
  • CNBC (Washington)
  • Antietam Cable (Hagerstown)
  • WGAL-TV (Lancaster)
  • WHTM-TV (Harrisburg)
  • WPMT-TV (York)

The salary range for communication jobs in PA is $30,000 to $100,000.

You should have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA). An above average score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or significant communications work experience may be considered if your GPA is lower than 2.75.

Please submit the following with your application:

The above three requirements can be emailed as a PDF or Word document to

If your bachelor’s degree is not in a communication-related field you may have a number of undergraduate courses to take in addition to the master’s degree requirements.

The 30-credit Master of Science in Communication Studies is delivered in flexible course of study to accommodate the varied academic backgrounds and career objectives of students. You will select courses in public relations, electronic media, print media, digital media, and interdisciplinary areas to enhance professional and personal growth opportunities.

To qualify for a Master of Science in Communication Studies, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits with a “B” average (3.0) including a professional project approved by a committee of communications studies faculty. See the Graduate Catalog for a complete list of required courses.

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

Communication/ Journalism
Rowland Hall 108, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1521
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