Master of Science in Communication Studies
The Master of Science in Communications Studies is ideal for those who want to:
- Strengthen a communications career
- Prepare for a career in communications
- Prepare for further communications studies
Courses are offered on campus, online and at nearby institutions.
The program offers professional tracks in Digital Media and Strategic Public Relations. Curriculum includes courses in social and mass media, PR writing, content creation, media research and analysis and media law and ethics.
You must complete a minimum of 30 credits with a 3.0 average, including a professional project approved by a faculty committee. The Graduate Catalog details specific course requirements.
Students accepted into the program must apply for candidacy status for the degree after completing at least six semester hours of graduate communications courses and any graduate deficiency courses specified by the department chair, provided he or she has earned at least a 3.0, B average in all courses completed.
You should have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative 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 do the following in addition to submitting your application:
- Email a professional resume as a PDF or Word document to GradAdmiss@ship.edu.
- Complete the Communication Reference Form link in your Ship Admissions portal.
- Submit a 500-word statement of purpose through the Program Statement or Questionnaire link in your Ship Admission portal.
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.