Quick Facts

Delivery: Blend of onsite and online course

Credit Hours: 32

Admissions: Rolling, Year-Round

Main Campus Department


The Master of Arts - Communication provides the expertise individuals need for effective participation in an information-based society. Our students come from and are hired into a wide variety of careers in business and industry, government, religion, and social services.

Graduates of this degree program are active in personnel management, public relations, consulting, community leadership, and other occupations where an ability to communicate effectively is vital to success. Offering master's degrees starting in 1937 and the PhD degree since 1971, the OU Department of Communication views communicative behavior as basic to human activity, to individual development, to interpersonal social relationships, and to the functions of political, economic, cultural, and social institutions. Through research and theory-building, we seek to understand how individuals use symbols to interpret and act within their environment. Our students investigate communication processes as they occur within and among individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. In doing so, they learn to communicate more effectively and to facilitate the communication effectiveness of others.

About the Master of Arts - Communication program

This 32-credit-hour, non-thesis graduate degree program offers students a choice of two focused tracks for pursuing a Master of Arts - Communication: the General Track for those seeking a liberal arts approach to graduate study and the Organizational Communication track for those intending to pursue careers in profit/nonprofit, entrepreneurial, and governmental organizations.

Program type

The MA - Communication requires 32 hours that can be completed with a blend of onsite and online courses. 

What to expect

The Master of Arts - Communication is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 

Degree topics:

  • Quantitative research
  • Theory formulation
  • Qualitative research
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Organizational communication
  • Collecting, coding, and analyzing data

Manageable Accelerated Courses

Courses are taught in an accelerated format and class days and times vary. Please see course syllabus for accurate information regarding your course. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.