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

Introduction to M.A. in Communication Studies

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The Master of Arts program in Communication Studies at UNCG offers a course of study centered around our belief that communication is formative and foundational to human identities, relationships, and communities. Students learn how ethical and strategically effective communication creates pathways for individuals, organizations, and communities to critique, construct, transform, and generally participate in the social worlds around them.

Focus Areas

Our program offers courses and research opportunities that focus on three key areas of communication in personal, professional, and public contexts:

  • Identity & Culture
  • Community Engagement & Public Advocacy
  • Organizational & Relational Communication

Across these focus areas, our program is also noted for its commitments to communication pedagogy, instructor training, and assistantship opportunities. For additional information about course offerings, please visit the UNCG Catalog.

Admission and Application Details

UNCG’s Graduate School encourages a holistic approach to graduate admission. That means we look beyond test scores and transcripts to consider the complete picture of your application. We require the following materials when submitting your application:

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions
  • personal statement
  • An academic writing sample
  • 3 letters of recommendation

After we receive your application, we will also contact you to schedule an interview with our graduate admissions committee.

As of 2022, the Communication Studies Department no longer requires the GRE or other entrance exam to apply to our program. Students may submit scores as part of their supplemental materials, but test scores will have little influence on final recommendations.

All materials, including recommendation letters, the writing sample, and the personal statement, should be submitted through the GradApply Application Management System.

Funding and Assistantship Opportunities

We offer a variety of limited funding and assistantship opportunities for students who seek admission to our program. These funding opportunities include teaching and graduate assistantships and tuition support.

A highlight of our program is our instructor training and teaching assistant opportunities. Teaching assistants (TAs) provide instructional support for our CST 105: Introduction to Communication course. TAs are required to take courses in communication pedagogy, meet regularly with the basic course coordinator, and engage with other students in a robust TA community. In their second year, TAs will be credentialed to teach as instructors of record.

In addition to teaching, we offer occasional graduate assistantships to work alongside faculty in support of journal editing and grant-funded research projects. If you have experience working in a speaking center, we also encourage you to contact the UNCG Speaking Center to inquire about their funding opportunities.

All assistantships include a stipend and a contribution toward health insurance coverage. Tuition support may also be available and is prioritized for teaching assistants and graduate assistants.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • February 15: deadline for fall admissions with assistantships & tuition support
  • April 1: deadline for fall admissions without assistantships & tuition support
  • November 15: deadline for spring admissions

For More Information

Please complete the Graduate School’s Request Information form. You can also click on the button below to request information.

For questions specific to the program, please email our Graduate Program Director – Dr. Marianne LeGreco. You may contact her at or