Master of Arts in Communication

Gain expertise in communication theories, strategic marketing, leadership and media. Develop conceptual knowledge and marketable skills.

This program offers a comprehensive overview of communication studies. Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty have published work and earned prestigious awards. They will guide you through this transformative journey.

Experience collaborative learning initiatives, independent study projects, research teams and professional internships. Our program prepares you for diverse communication pursuits in corporate, start-up and non-profit sectors.

  • Streamlined 30-hour program 
  • Online program with an accelerated option for full-time students

Why get your M.A. in Communication at the College of Charleston?

Our program provides unique benefits tailored to your success.

  • Learn from renowned faculty who have advised corporations and non-profits, published extensively, and care about your student experience
  • Engage in creative independent study projects, community-based research teams, communication pedagogy experiences and professional immersion internships
  • Study fully online and enjoy the flexibility to balance your education with other commitments. Full-time students can complete the program in 12 months, while part-time students can complete it in 24 months

Careers & Outcomes

This program opens doors to a range of career outcomes. Partner companies include:

  • IBM
  • Forbes
  • Ketchum
  • Rawle Murdy
  • Le Creuset
  • Local Palate Magazine

These organizations actively recruit our graduates. Join a network of successful alumni making an impact in various communication fields.

Alumni like Laura Crosswell, a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University, credit our program for their achievements. Troy Lesesne, Head Coach and Technical Director for New Mexico United, and Maggie White, a professional writer and Versailles Fellowship recipient, highlight the program's impact on their careers.

The personal decision to transfer here was the best decision I’ve ever made. I have grown a huge network of friends and professors that still keep in touch with me today. - Kelsey Butcher 

How to Apply

The entire application process is online. The documents outlined below are required components of the application. A file is not complete until all documents have been submitted and processed, so read carefully and prepare your application materials in advance of applying.
  • Dates & Deadlines

    Priority deadline: January 15

    Final deadline: July 1

    It is important to submit your application before this date to be considered for the upcoming cohort. Keep in mind that the program has limited availability, so early application is highly recommended.

  • Application Process


    Submit official transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s). These transcripts should reflect your academic achievements and completion of an accredited undergraduate degree.  

    Writing Sample

    Prepare a non-fiction, argumentative, research-based writing sample. This sample should demonstrate your ability to contribute to academic conversations and showcase familiarity with communication topics and methodologies. 

    Statement of Purpose

    Craft a statement of purpose that answers two important questions: 

    • Why are you a good fit for the MCOM program at the College of Charleston? 
    • Why is the MCOM program at the College of Charleston a good fit for you? 

    Showcasing a clear case and thorough research about the program, its courses, and faculty will strengthen your application. 

    Recommendation Letters

    Request recommendation letters from individuals who can evaluate your research and writing abilities. Ideally, these letters should come from professors or professionals who have worked with you in a scholarly or professional capacity. 

    Please note that the program director, Dr. Michael Lee, has the authority to modify application requirements for exceptional candidates with outstanding academic performance or significant professional experience.

  • Admission Criteria
    • Hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. 
    • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale throughout your undergraduate studies. 
    • Complete undergraduate or graduate coursework in Communication or a related discipline. 

    Please note that transfer credit may be accepted for up to 12 graduate credit hours from regionally accredited institutions, subject to evaluation by the Department of Communication Graduate Committee.