The Master of Arts in Communication (MACom)

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  • Career success – 100% of our graduates have landed a job either before or soon after graduating from the program.
  • Flexibility to pursue your passion and specialization – Only two of ten courses are prerequisites, which allows the freedom to create a program for your chosen path.  Directed studies, guided practicums, and research projects are encouraged.
  • World-class faculty – Our full-time professors are renowned, award-winning leaders in their specializations. They are well connected within the field and community, holding prestigious leadership positions as journal editors, conference organizers, and officers in national and international organizations. 

The Master of Arts in Communication (MACom) will set you apart from peers by helping you master the full complement of communication skills that employers demand – and that will enable you to start an exciting career, enhance your abilities, or make a complete career change.

Bryant's MACom allows you to specialize in either Organizational Communication, Health Communication, or an individually tailored area of study designed for your particular interests. No matter what your undergraduate degree is in – and regardless of whether you are just beginning your career or someone with work experience – you will learn through a program that draws on the newest theories, concepts, and research in the field of Communication.

The Bryant MACom is designed to help you succeed. We understand that each student has unique needs and experiences. As such, the program offers three avenues for the satisfaction of the completing experience:

  • The thesis option requires the conduct of original scholarly research that advances knowledge of communication
  • The culminating project examines a job- or career-based communication problem and, using knowledge and experience from the program of study, offers solutions;
  • Comprehensive exams require students to complete several hours of rigorous written teating,

Each has significant benefit given the student's motivation for earning the MACom 

For more information, email or call 401-232-6230. You can also  request information about our program  by using the form below.

Bryant Masters in Communication

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.
MACom (10 courses) $2,796 per course
The program offers scholarships on a competitive basis to incoming and continuing students. Students can also apply for government-sponsored and private education loans and seek on-campus employment opportunities. For more information, please, visit the Graduate School Financial Aid page.

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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