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Master of Arts in Communication

The breadth of the Master of Arts in Communication program at the University of Dayton gives you the opportunity to shape your future — whether you pursue a doctoral degree or a professional career in a variety of fields including media production, health communication, public relations, business, or government.

Our 36-hour graduate program gives you a solid grounding in research, theory, message development and analysis. You also can choose to add more depth to your degree by completing one of our certificate programs.

We currently offer three graduate certificates in Strategic Public Relations, Health Communication and Multimedia Communication. All certificates are offered exclusively online.

As of Fall 2024 the Masters of Arts in Communication will be suspended and will transition to a certificate only program. 

With a diverse curriculum, we provide an excellent education in the theory, history, ethics and practice of communication. This prepares students for careers and leadership in a wide variety of professions.

Applicants to the communication or interdisciplinary communication programs should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement. This is a written statement of your educational and professional goals. Be sure to address the following questions:
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing an M.A. in communication?
    2. What are your career goals?
    3. Why do you think you would be an effective teacher?
  4. A resume or CV.
  5. If you are requesting a graduate teaching assistantship, please submit a sample of academic writing such as a research paper, published paper or thesis. Applications for assistantships are considered once a year.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements
In addition to a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, applicants should have exposure to a variety of research and analytical or critical methods during their undergraduate studies. Additionally, you should possess a basic knowledge of, and appreciation for, approaches to the study of communication. Applicants should have earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The graduate committee will recognize the potential merits of professional experience when reviewing an applicant's credentials.

Additional Information
Both thesis and non-thesis as well as interdisciplinary options are available.

Jen Ptacek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Director of Graduate Studies in Communication

Phone: 937-229-2379



Department of Communication

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1410