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Communication (MA)

Effective leadership begins with the ability to communicate clearly and graciously. Communication, in fact, touches nearly everything we do in this increasingly complex society.

The M.A. in communication at ACU offers a diverse yet integrated study of human interaction, techniques for improved teams, conflict processes and productivity. Here, you will grow personally and professionally as you enhance your communication skills and learn how you can make a difference wherever your career aspirations lead you. The degree can also set a foundation for further study.

Our program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships in teaching, research, and in our Speaking Center – opportunities that are also rich in real-world learning experiences.

Are you ready to take your communication skills to the next level? Request more information or apply now.

Program Overview

Credit hours 36
Degree Master of Arts in Communication (M.A.)
Program length 2 years
Tracks 3


You will take courses such as:

  • Principles of Rhetorical Criticism
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Seminar in Communication Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods
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  • Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
  • Persuasion and Public Policy
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What outcomes can you expect?

Career opportunities include leadership roles in ministry, administration, sales, corporate communication, consulting and training, intercultural relations and human resource development.

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Admission Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the $50 application fee; 
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent; 
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application); 
  • A satisfactory GRE score; 
  • An essay describing their purpose for pursuing a graduate degree in communication; 
  • A writing sample representing high quality work (e.g. term paper). 

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.