Communication Graduate Programs
A master's in communication through Marquette's graduate program prepares students for intellectual, artistic, professional and ethical leadership in a complex technological and multicultural world. It uses a core of common knowledge, values and communication skills to improve understanding of communication as a cultural and social process and to develop the skills necessary for success in constantly changing information environments.
Part-time and Online Options
*Credit hours based on the MA. Certificate credits and more details can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.
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Master of Arts in Communication
Choose your specialization
Communication and Media Studies
- Focus on deeper skills of analysis and research in communication.
- Prepare for advanced roles in your career or for doctoral studies.
- Focus on the planning and use of communication technologies.
- Prepare to work as a leader in your professional field.
- Tailor your degree to your individual interests. Choose from the various topics offered in communication or other Marquette graduate programs, including business, marketing, English, psychology and political science.
Digital Communication Strategies
- Gain a conceptual foundation and the practical training required to help organizations plan and execute effective digital communication strategies.
- Plan effective strategies and create digital content.
- Explore how to measure the effectiveness of communication messaging in advertising, public relations and journalism.
Master of Arts in Corporate Communication
Learn 100% online or blend in-person and online courses.
Marquette’s unique interdisciplinary program is one of the few in the nation that combine public relations fundamentals and communication theory with an advanced business education to prepare professionals for executive-level communication roles in an increasingly complex communication landscape.
This 30 credit-hour program combines business and economics course work in communication and advanced business courses to prepare you for an executive-level communication role. Many companies now have a chief communication officer (CCO) position, which is typically responsible for identity and reputation management, corporate social responsibility, financial communication and investor relations, executive communication, government relations, internal communication and more.
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Financial Aid & Fellowships
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Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
- Fall term admissions – August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
- Spring term admissions – December 15 (October 1 for international applicants)
These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School.
However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:
- Fall (August) Term: February 15
- Spring (January) Term: November 15
- Summer (May) Term: April 15
1 Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpage. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.
Trinity Fellows Program
Students interested in the communication master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.