Communication Studies, MA

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Study communication and its impact on the world.

The goals of the Master of Arts program in Communication Studies are to provide students with a rigorous educational experience, to develop an advanced understanding of the human communication process, to increase awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the communication field, and to develop oral, written, critical thinking, and research skills. Students complete coursework in persuasion, interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and health communication together with research methods applicable to these areas.

Two programs are offered. The thesis program emphasizes the student's development of research skills under faculty supervision (30 credits). The non-thesis program focuses on a theoretical foundation with emphasis on applied communication (36 credits). Students will be prepared for leadership positions in public or private organizations at the national or international level, or pursue advance degrees.

The School of Communication also offers a new online Communication Studies MA program. Today, one out of every 10 master’s degrees is granted fully online, and that figure is only expected to grow. But not all online learning is created equal. To start, we have specifically designed the UOnline experience to deliver the quality you would expect from University of Miami. Our customized online learning platform is engaging, collaborative and outcome focused. As a student with UOnline, you do not attend classes in the traditional sense. Instead, you have the flexibility to access materials and assignments over a period of time so you can complete your work when it fits your schedule.

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Groups & Organizations


  • University of Miami Debate Team

    The University of Miami Debate Team is a co-curricular activity sponsored by the School of Communication. Participation is open to any undergraduate student. The team travels nationally to compete in various intercollegiate tournaments each academic year. The University of Miami is a member of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA), The National Debate Tournament (NDT), the American Debate Association (ADA) and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha national forensics honorary (DSR-TKA). Team members have the option to compete in two-person policy debate, British Parliamentary two-person debate, or the team Worlds debating format. The team also hosts on campus events including public debates, intercollegiate tournaments, presidential debate viewing parties, a high school summer workshop and high school policy debate tournaments.

  • Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha

    A co-curricular activity supported by the School of Communication. Open to all undergraduate students. Competes regionally and nationally in inter-collegiate tournaments with great success.

Featured Courses


Introduction to communication research methods. Application of quantitative measurement techniques and statistical analyses will be discussed as well as the use of microcomputer statistical programs.

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment. Diffusion of cultural innovations, prejudice, discrimination, and equality are discussed. Emphasis is placed on intercultural interactions within the United States.

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment. Effects of language on the structure of thought. Ethics and process of the diffusion of cultural innovations are analyzed.

Measurement of communication variables in the modern business organization: mes sage diffusion analysis; cross-section survey analysis; communication network analysis; and communication audit procedures. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

This course focuses on theoretical approaches to interpersonal communication. Emphasis is placed on current research including fundamentals of relationships, developmental issues, interaction management, and interpersonal competence.

This course explores theoretical perspectives and the impact of communication in organizations. Critical analysis includes management styles, decision-making, group interaction, conflict resolution, and diffusion of innovations.

Audience analysis, speech writing, delivery in professional presentations, theo ry, and history of great speeches are covered. Detailed critiques of student s peaking styles and performances are also included.

Comparison of theories dealing with the processes and effects of communication is discussed.

Featured Work

A few of our latest Communication Studies projects, all done by our very own students and faculty.

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