Introduction to M.A. in Communication Studies | Communication Studies

Introduction to M.A. in Communication Studies

Our program offers a course of study centered around our belief that communication is formative and foundational to human identities, relationships, and communities, and that ethical and strategically effective communication can be the means of critiquing, constructing, and transforming identities, relationships, and communities.

Admission to our graduate program is based on the evaluation of transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, an academic writing sample, a personal statement, and an interview.  We do not have automatic GRE cutoffs. We assess the entire application for academic ability and fit with our program.

To be considered for fall admission and for an assistantship, you must apply by February 15.  If you do not wish to pursue an assistantship, you may apply by April 1 for fall admission.  For spring admission, applications are due by October 1.  All materials, including recommendation letters, the writing sample, and the personal statement, should be submitted through the ApplyYourself Admission System.

Assistantships include a stipend, a contribution toward health insurance coverage, and, usually, a tuition waiver.  Teaching assistants help teach our CST 105: Introduction to Communication Studies speaking-intensive course. Graduate assistants work with faculty in support of journal editing and research projects. (If you have experience working in a Speaking Center, there may be assistantship funding available through the UNCG Speaking Center.)

For more information about our graduate program and UNCG, we encourage you to do two things:

  • First, please complete the Graduate School Request Information form. You can also click on the button below to request information.
  • Second, contact Dr. Marianne LeGreco, Graduate Program Director, with specific questions. You may contact her at or 336.334.3844.

M.A. Program Mission

The Master of Arts program in Communication Studies prepares students for scholarly or applied communication careers in the social, public, and private sectors, community college teaching, or advancement to a doctoral program. As they master the tools of scholarship, students acquire: 1) a deep, research-based, critical understanding of communication in relation to public and private contexts and issues, and 2) the ability to participate in and contribute to the communication discipline as scholars and practitioners.