Communication in Theory and Practice
UNC's Master of Arts in Communication is unique, in that it equally emphasizes both communication and rhetorical theory, and focuses on how to apply these theories to your career.
In UNC’s Communication Studies master’s program you’ll develop advanced written and verbal communication skills that will set you apart in the job market and help advance your career. The program explores all forms of communication—in organizations, relationships and across cultures—and emphasizes experiential learning through internships and other hands-on opportunities in the local community and beyond. You’ll also find a supportive, collaborative learning environment led by award-winning faculty who are dedicated mentors and noted researchers in diverse areas of communication.
Experiences to prepare you for real-world success
When you earn your master’s degree in Communication Studies at UNC, you’ll be ready to immediately apply a broad range of communication skills in the workplace, in your community and at home. Extensive internship and other field-based opportunities enable hands-on learning: our students apply their skills working with Denver-area businesses in customer service, event planning, public relations, training and more. Many other projects focus on community service, working with local schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and other community organizations.
M.A. in Communication Studies
Designed for working professionals, this flexible master’s degree program is offered evenings and weekends with some summer and online availability.
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Set yourself apart professionally and develop diverse communication skills. UNC’s Communication Studies Master of Arts program includes coursework covering rhetorical and communication theory, interpersonal and group communication, and communication research methods.
Consider UNC's M.A. in Communication Studies if you want to:
- Leverage advanced communication skills to achieve leadership roles in your career and your community
- Complete your master’s degree in a flexible evening and weekend program designed for working professionals
- Work in small classes with close faculty mentorship and extensive hands-on learning opportunities
- Rhetorical and communication theory
- Interpersonal and group communication
- Communication research methods
- Qualitative Methods in Communication Research
- Communication Theory
- Group Communication
- Quantitative Methods in Communication Research
- Rhetorical Criticism
- Communication and Technology
James Keaten, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Studies
James Keaten earned his Ph.D. in Communication and Statistics from Penn State and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from Harvard University where he studied world religions. At UNC, he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication, quantitative research methodology, leadership and interfaith communication. In recognition of his teaching, the UNC Student Senate awarded Keaten the Mortar Board Favorite Professor Award and named him Professor of the Year.
In a recent study, employers rated verbal communication skills the most important for successful job candidates to possess, followed by teamwork and problem-solving ability.* In UNC's Communication Studies Master of Arts program, you’ll develop each of these skills in the classroom and in the field, with the guidance and mentorship of top faculty who are here to help you succeed.
* Source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers
A master’s degree in Communication Studies can increase your earning potential and open doors to new career pathways and leadership opportunities. Our graduate students apply their studies to a variety of careers, including:
- Event Planning
- Training and development
- Human resources
- Sales and marketing
- Social media
UNC’s Communication Studie faculty are both exceptional educators and noted researchers in diverse fields of study. Current research projects include:
Perspectives on Storytelling and Narratives
Dr. Thomas Endres, Communication Studies
Dr. Thomas Endres recently delivered one of the keynote addresses at the Second Annual World Conference on Media and Mass Communication in Bangkok, Thailand. He shared personal stories of his growth as an educator and a media and communication scholar, as well as interviews and photographs of his photo-ethnographic book Sturgis Stories: Celebrating the People of the World’s Largest Motorcycle Rally. In sharing these stories, Dr. Endres hopes to encourage others to collect and listen to the stories of those around them, and to value and share those images and narratives in their personal and professional endeavors.