The Master of Arts in Communication (MACom)

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    Our Master of Arts in Communication (MACom) gives you the opportunity to gain extensive exposure to theory and applications in the science and art of persuasion; essential interpersonal and intercultural communication skills; emerging and important modes of communication and media; and the state of the art in the concentration you choose: Organizational Communication, Health Communication, or a personalized concentration you develop with the guidance of our highly qualified graduate faculty.

    You'll take courses, collaborate on research, make conference and classroom presentations, and secure meaningful opportunities to work with industry, government, and other organizational partners, all under the guidance of the Bryant graduate faculty. Our faculty are prominent, award-winning scholars, teachers, and media industry professionals who continually enhance their own expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service. Our small class size and collaborative environment allow this extraordinarily accessible faculty to share their knowledge with you.

    As a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your newly acquired knowledge while gaining invaluable experience through a guided practicum – a placement in some of the area's most prestigious health, business, social services, education, political, and governmental organizations. Alternatively, you may conceive of and conduct research relevant to your field. Either way, we will teach you the communication skills required of 21st century careers.

    Applications are accepted at any time. Once all application materials are received, you will usually receive a decision within one week.
    No. Graduate studies in Communication are open to any undergraduate major.
    Applicants must submit either GRE test scores or complete an essay as described on our application site.
    An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for unconditional admission; applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted conditionally and allowed to continue in the program after earning a GPA of 3.0 or better in the first three graduate courses.
    Yes, up to two courses, with the permission of your faculty advisor and the program director.
    No.  You may elect to complete your master’s degree by taking comprehensive final examinations, but you also have the option of researching and writing a master’s thesis, or by completing an applied research project.
    Course methodology includes face-to-face classes as well as blended courses which incorporate online activities with face-to-face sessions.  Classes are scheduled during evening hours and on weekends to allow students to pursue graduate studies on a full- or part-time basis.
    An undergraduate who has completed at least 90 credit hours and has an overall GPA of at least 3.0 may begin graduate studies. Apply for Special Student status during spring semester junior year.

    tuition information for 2015-2016 academic year

    MACom (10 courses)

    • $932 per credit hour

    Examples from the curriculum

    Communication Theory Required
    Communication Research Methods and Statistics Required
    Comprehensive Exams   OR Culminating Experience
    OR Thesis
    Health Communication
    *Required for those in Health Communication track; otherwise, an elective
    Organizational Communication
    *Required for those in Organizational Communication track; otherwise, an elective
    Conflict Management and Negotiation in Organizations Elective
    Communication in Small Groups: Applied Theory Elective
    Media Effects Theory and Research Elective
    Communication, Persuasion, and Social Influence Elective
    Ethical Public Communication Elective
    Culture, Diversity, and Communication Elective
    Instructional Communication Elective
    Media Ethics Elective
    Risk and Crisis Communication Elective
    Global Communication Elective
    Lifespan/Intergenerational Communication Elective
    Community-based Campaigns and Health Elective
    Special Topics in Communication Elective
    Graduate Practicum in Communication Elective
    Directed Study in Communication Elective

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