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Communication (MA) 
Program Description

The Communication MA  program is grounded in theory and research concerning human communication and provides excellent preparation for further graduate study and careers in academia or other fields. The department offers hands-on research and teaching experience and a broad range of coursework and educational opportunities, with specialization in Interpersonal Communication, Media, Health Communication, Small Group and Intergroup Communication, New Communication Technologies, and Political Communication. Flexibility allows students to tailor programs to meet specific career objectives. The thesis option serves as a foundation for students planning to pursue a PhD. Those preparing to work in business, media, government or teaching  may select a non-thesis option.


Department/Academic Unit(s)

Communication -

The Department of Communication faculty examine ways in which human beings exchange messages with one another, the content of those messages, and the effects they have for individuals and society.  The Department's strong commitment to quality teaching and research has earned its faculty and graduate students numerous teaching awards and a ranking as one of the top Communication programs in the nation.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Tina R Mendoza
Graduate Program Coordinator
Tina R Mendoza
Director of Graduate Studies
Jennifer L Stevens Aubrey
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Writing sample (honors thesis, class paper, or similar evidence of scholarly writing)

 3 letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic and intellectual qualifications

 Statement of Purpose (1500-2000 words) should be broken into the following sections: (a) your scholarly and research interests in the field of communication, (b) why you wish to pursue graduate study in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona (including explicit connections between your research interests and our faculty's areas of expertise), and (c) your plans following completion of your graduate degree.

GPA:  3.25 minimum

TRANSCRIPTS:  For purposes of evlauation, we will accept unofficial transcripts of credits earned from ALL colleges and universities attended, uploaded where indicated on application. If applicant accepts offer of admission, we will require official transcripts sent to the Communication Dept at the University of Arizona.

GRE General Tests:  See GRE test scores info below.

For International students: English Proficiency Test is required.  Please refer to the graduate college webpage shown here for types of tests accepted, as well as required scores: ; Please note: because all of our graduate students are also hired as Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates, applicants must achieve the higher test scores listed under "Special requirements for students who will be acting as Graduate Teaching assistants".


Standardized Tests


Required test(s):  GRE General Tests:  Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing Subtests. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS also required to take take English Proficiency test (TOEFL preferred).

 Minimum GRE Verbal:  156 
Minimum GRE Quantitative:  146 
Minumum GRE Written:  4.5

Minimum TOEFL:  80 IBT, 550 PBT     or     IELTS  composite score of 7, with no subject area below 6

Financial Aid

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships, Tuition  Scholarships, Graduate College fellowship funding, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences scholarship and fellowship funding

Admissions Deadlines

For Domestic and International Applicants:

  • Fall Admission:Deadlines: January 10
  • The Department of Communication graduate program does NOT accept applications for entry in Spring or Summer semesters.


International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4507

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Core Courses: All students must complete 500, 561, and 571 with a grade of B or better in each.

Required Theory Seminars: All students must complete at least two of the required theory seminars from the theory seminar rotation: 609, 610, 620, 669.

Major: All students must successfully complete a minimum of 34 units in the major including: core courses, theory courses, and electives. In addition, students are expected to fulfill their research team and thesis or comprehensive exam requirement. Courses with grades of 'C' or lower will not count toward the degree.  

Research Team:  Students must participate on a faculty-supervised research team every semester during the program, for a 1 unit research credit. A total of 4 Research units will be counted toward the degree.

12 units in Comm electives plus 3 thesis units for thesis option

15 units in Comm electives plus comprehensive exams for non-thesis option


Minor Requirements

The MA program in Communication does not require a minor.

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Last revised 19 Nov 2019