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Admission: rolling
Length of Program: 2 years or less
Type of classes: online and once a week evening
Financial Aid: scholarships and GTA's available

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a baccalaureate in communication or a related discipline by the end of the semester in which they apply. The minimum cumulative GPA required for regular admission to the graduate program in communication is 3.25 on a 4-point scale. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs that do not meet the admission criterion may be eligible to be admitted with probationary status if they submit additional materials that speak to their ability to succeed in the program, such as current letters of recommendation or recent GRE scores. Contact the Graduate Program Director for more information. Finally, international students who are non-native speakers of English must obtain a TOEFL iBT score of 100 to be considered for admission. For more information - Former Students Q and A

The MA in Communication at UMSL is:

  • Personal! Small classes mean personal attention

  • Flexible! Tailor it to your personal and professional goals

  • High quality! Work with energetic, innovative research faculty publishing in top journals

American Journal of Public Health
Journal of Media Psychology
health communication journal
Health Communication  

Who is the MA in Communication program for?


  • Employees looking to advance in their workplace

  • Critical consumers of information

  • Curious minds who might want to pursue a Ph.D.

  • Those who recognize the growing importance of being able to generate and interpret data

  • Citizens wanting to most fully participate in our society


Where are UMSL Communication MA alumni now?

  • Senior Communication and Marketing Coordinator, BJC HealthCare

  • Digital Communication Specialist, Parkway School District

  • Expert Archives Technician, National Archives and Records Administration

  • Director of Marketing, The Loop Special District

  • Doctoral Candidate, University of Connecticut

  • Associate Professor, West Virginia University

And many more!


For More Information

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Alan Heisel, communicationma@umsl.edu

Graduate Admissions: gradadm@umsl.edu or (314) 516-5458

International Student and Scholars Services: iss@umsl.edu or (314) 516-5229

"I learned more about public speaking and confidence through research and defending my thesis. My courses in communication theory and mass communication helps me every day as we develop communication plans for students and staff."

- Derek Duncan, MA Communication Alum