Master of Arts in Communication Studies


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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, Director of Graduate Studies, with specific questions. You may contact her at or 336.334.3844.

Accelerated Degree Program

As of this fall, the Department of Communication Studies has a BA to MA Accelerated Degree Program (ADP).

Students admitted to the ADP may count up to 12 hours of graduate-level coursework toward both the BA and MA degrees in Communication Studies.

To apply to the ADP, a student must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 hours earned at UNCG, must have completed at least 60 semester credits, and must be at least a junior.

Additionally, a Communication Studies student must have a 3.5 GPA in at least 15 CST hours, including CST 300. Full application requirements may be found in the UNCG Catalog.

Interested students should visit the Communication Studies section of the UNCG Catalog for more information and speak to a Communication Studies advisor or the Director of Graduate Study.

Application Requirements
Entrance Exam: GRE
Supplemental A: Professional Statement explaining how the CST MA program aligns with your personal, academic, and professional goals.  For more details click here.

Supplemental B: An academic or professional style writing sample, preferably a research paper written for a prior course in Communication Studies or a related discipline.

Supplemental C: A resume or curriculum vitae

Supplemental D: Interview