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The Objectives of the Master of Arts in Communication Program are:

  • To produce graduates who are skilled communicators—written, oral, and computer-mediated—and who can apply those skills for real solutions
  • To equip students with analytical and practical tools to gather information and apply those discoveries in professional and academic settings
  • To encourage students to use information and theories as logical problem solvers, effective leaders, and successful team members

Real-World Topics in USI’s Communication Master’s Degrees

Communication is fundamental to all areas of human endeavor. Our master of arts in communication allows you to apply your leadership and problem-solving skills to many pressing concerns. We teach you critical, cultural, and social scientific approaches to communications practice. Our courses in communication your knowledge of communications processes, contexts, theories, and research methodologies to further your career and educational goals.

Communication master’s degrees give you the tools to explore today’s problems from diverse perspectives and help organizations solve them. Understand the human and mass communication factors that shape whatever field or issue you’re passionate about by earning your media and communication degree from USI.

We offer communication master’s degrees that are convenient for working students with varied schedules — online and evening courses in communication make it easy for you to fit your study into your professional and personal life.

Pick Your Final Project: Thesis, Capstone, or Non-Thesis Options

We offer three options for communication master’s degrees culminating experiences. You can choose a hands-on capstone project to connect your learning with a real-life problem and provide a service to the community. If you are considering an academic career, you can pursue the thesis option, which gives you research experience as you work alongside our well-published faculty members. You can take the communication master’s degree comprehensive exam to complete the non-thesis option for the program.

Working with faculty to design a curriculum for your media and communication degree allows you to explore your interests, let your talents take you in new directions, and build upon your strengths. We take the time to work with each student pursuing our Master of Arts in communication to find the best balance of classes, schedule, and concluding experience for your career growth.

What Jobs Can You Get With a Media and Communication Degree?

USI graduates with communication master’s degrees advance in their careers with promotions and salary increases. We are proud to see our graduates accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams in positions such as:

  • Marketing communications manager
  • Media and public relations director
  • Strategic communications specialist
  • Director of community relations
  • Political speech writer
  • Social media strategist
  • Donor relations manager
  • College professor
  • Health communications specialist

Salaries for graduates with a Master of Arts in communication vary by industry. For example, those working in sectors such as corporate marketing, public relations, or communications can command higher salaries than those who choose to work in community or nonprofit organizations.

Our communication master’s degree students have gone to doctoral and postgraduate programs in communications or related fields. In addition, graduates who take the advanced instructional communications certificate can teach dual credit courses in Indiana.

The Master of Arts in communication program allowed me to gain insight into the academic side of communication, which I use in my current role. Through the support of my peers and dedicated faculty, I now have a diverse skill set in communication that will continually lead me to growth, personally and professionally.

Kaylee Johnson, Master of Arts in Communication Graduate ’22

Media Relations Specialist, University of Southern Indiana

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