Graduate Program

“Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.” - Publilius Syrus

The M.A. in Communication Studies

The M.A. in Communication offered at UNC is the only M.A. in Communication offered at a Colorado public university that emphasizes communication theory and rhetorical theory plus the application of theory to a professional career of your choice. Through required core courses, you acquire a comprehensive background in Communication and a thorough knowledge of the discipline.

The program focuses on the study of human symbolic interaction. Students will emphasize course work related to rhetorical and communication theory, interpersonal and group communication, and communication research methods.

Successful completion of the program can help you advance your current professional career, prepare you for careers in business and industry requiring expertise in human communication, or prepare you for a Ph.D. program in communication.

UNC offers unique scheduling to accommodate the working student. Graduate classes are scheduled in the evenings and on the weekends.

Contact the graduate coordinator for more information:

Dr. James Keaten
Phone: (970) 351-2211
E-mail: James.Keaten@unco.edu

Emphasis Areas

Application Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority deadline for fall admissions is March 1st.  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, submit the following materials in a single packet along with the application fee. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.

  • Letter of Intent—In fewer than 500 words (1-2 pages), describe why you wish to pursue an M.A. in Communication An undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
    • Required Minimum: 140 Quantitative; 146 Verbal Reasoning; Combined score of at least 297; Analytic Writing 3.5
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
    • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Completed Online Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation  - Select individuals who can assess your ability to obtain a Masters’ Degree in Communication
  • One official copy of transcripts from all accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni need not submit transcripts
  • Please note that TA and GRA positions are awarded on a competitive basis.

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