Communication (M.A.)

The breadth of the communication program at the University of Dayton gives you the opportunity to shape your future — whether you pursue a doctoral degree or a professional career in education, business, mass media or government.

Our Master of Arts degree program gives you a solid grounding in research, theory, message development and analysis. You also can choose to add more depth to your degree by completing our interdisciplinary course of study.

Mix complementary disciplines such as English, business, psychology or political science with your core work in communication, and you can develop a unique degree program to achieve your goals.

Our 36-hour program allows you to more deeply explore theory and current understanding of human communication.

This program is offered on campus, however, we offer an alternative online program for students who prefer an e-learning format. More >>

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the communication or interdisciplinary communication programs should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Official GRE test scores.
  5. If you are requesting a graduate teaching assistantship, please submit a sample of academic writing such as a research paper, published paper or thesis. All application materials for teaching assistantship applicants should be received by the Office of Graduate Admission Processing by March 9. Applications for teaching assistantships are considered once a year.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements
In addition to a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, applicants should have exposure to a variety of research and analytical or critical methods during their undergraduate studies. Additionally, you should possess a basic knowledge of, and appreciation for, approaches to the study of communication. Applicants should have earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The graduate committee will recognize the potential merits of professional experience when reviewing an applicant's credentials.

Additional Information
Both thesis and non-thesis as well as interdisciplinary options are available. Comprehensive examinations at the end of the program are required.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the GRE for admission to the communication program?
Yes, you must take the general test which consists of three sections. The verbal and quantitative sections are multiple choice, and the analytical writing section is a short answer essay format. Contact a testing center in your area to schedule an appointment to take the GRE. For more information, visit our admission tests page.

Do you have a minimum GRE score?
We do not have a minimum GRE score. We consider the applicant's grade-point average, letters of recommendation and GRE scores for admission to the program.

When is the deadline for applying?
Our program uses an annual admission process. Applicants typically begin their program of study in the summer or fall term. Application for admission to summer or fall terms must be complete by February 28. Students wishing to begin their program in spring term may be admitted if space allows. Students are usually notified of their admittance within 10 days after the admission deadline.

Can I be admitted into the graduate program if I didn't major in communication as an undergraduate?
Yes. While the majority of our students graduated with a degree in communication or a related discipline at the undergraduate level, we have had students from a variety of academic backgrounds succeed in our program.


Anna L. Langhorne, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director

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