• M.A.
  • Communication Program

Whether you are interested in gaining a competitive edge in the job market, improving your ability to move vertically within your current organization, or you are interested in taking the first steps in your career as a communication scholar, our program can help you achieve your goals. We are eager to work with you to create a custom-made curriculum that fits your particular needs.

Transform your career through a graduate program in Communication. UCF’s Master of Arts in Communication prepares you for a wide range of professions in academia and the public and private sectors. This program, comprised of industry-leading scholars and professionals, provides students with the knowledge to succeed as expert communicators – all within a convenient and practical curriculum.

Communication Professionals

A Degree with Workplace Applications

A recent survey of our alumni found that graduates of our program work in a number of fields that require, or favor, graduate training in communication. Examples include public relations, corporate branding, advertising, corporate reputation management, digital communication management and strategic media management. Some of the job titles held by our graduates include internal communication manager, director of public relations, director of industry communication, corporate communication manager, media relations manager and director of employee communication.

Future Communication Scholars

A Foundation for Scholars

Our program provides a strong foundation for study at the doctoral level. We have a reliable record of placing our M.A. graduates in top Ph.D. programs. In the last few years, we have had students go to some of the top doctoral programs in communication such as:

  • Arizona State University
  • Florida State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Florida
  • George Mason University
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Nebraska

program description

The Communication M.A. focuses on preparing students for a wide range of professions in academia and the private sector. The program focuses on principles, theories, and applications of communication research related to both mass and interpersonal contexts. Our program offers training in such areas as Corporate Communication, Crisis Communication, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Instructional Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Social and Mass Media, and Strategic Communication. Our program enables students to design individualized programs of study that maximizes students’ potential for achieving their academic and career goals.

Program Features

  • Nationally/internationally recognized faculty
  • Graduate teaching and research assistantship opportunities
  • Faculty and staff committed to student success
  • Part-time and full-time enrollment options
  • Convenient afternoon and evening course schedules
  • Affordable tuition prices
  • Wide selection of courses to tailor academics
  • Ample opportunities to perform internships and academic research
  • Program entry in fall and spring semesters


Apply to the Program

Students should apply online through the College of Graduate Studies and all requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline. Applicants should adhere to the application requirements outlined below and in the graduate catalog. An application will not be reviewed for admission until it is verified as complete by the College of Graduate Studies.

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Central Florida
P. O. Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

The Office of Graduate Studies will archive this information and then forward it to the Nicholson School of Communication for evaluation by our graduate coordinator.

Application Process

To apply for consideration, submit:

  • Online application
  • $31 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV/Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

International applicants also must submit:

  • Transcript translation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Communication MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Mar 1        —        —
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15        —        —
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


For more information on the curriculum, visit the catalog here.

Global Communication Programs

The Ilmenau University of Technology Institute of Media and Communication Science (IfMK) includes the following departments: empirical media research and political communication, media psychology and media design, media management, media studies, public relations and communication of technology, virtual worlds and digital games and communication studies. In addition IfMK is home to the International Research Group on Crisis Communication. NSC’s proposed student exchange agreement with TU Ilmenau is focused on graduate student study and collaborative research opportunities for faculty. NSC’s graduate students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of graduate seminars and supervised research opportunities (in English) at Ilmenau.