The Master of Arts in Communication is a two-year graduate program in communication. The program offers graduate students advanced study of communication to understand, critique, and actively engage contemporary interpersonal, organizational, cultural, social, and media-related issues. The program offers a vibrant intellectual community and supportive graduate culture. While earning a Master’s degree in Communication, students choose courses across three interrelated and mutually-supportive areas of study:
- Relational and Organizational Studies
- Critical/Cultural Studies
- Media Studies
Graduate coursework provides a foundation in the broad field of communication and choices of culminating activities allow students to focus their studies and acquire expertise in communication that supports their unique academic, personal, or professional interests.
The program encourages students to explore topics in communication aligned with their own interests. The variety of elective courses offered including independent studies, reading and conferences, internship/practicum experiences, as well as the option to take a few courses outside the department provide opportunities to craft a meaningful academic experience that supports students’ unique interests and goals.
Please visit our website below for more information about our program and more detail about the areas of study, student development, graduate assistantship opportunities, and statements from our recent graduates about their experiences in the program.
Dr. John McClellan
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
Communication Building, Room 103
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725-1920
A limited number of Graduate Assistantships that include a stipend, a tuition fee waiver, and student health insurance may be available to M.A. students on a competitive basis. Most graduate assistantships are in the form of graduate teaching assistantship opportunities in which graduate students teach stand-alone courses or serve as a teaching assistant for faculty members. Sometimes graduate research assistantship opportunities are available in which graduate students serve as a research assistant working with faculty members on research projects. Graduate Assistants must enroll for a minimum of nine credit hours each semester and must meet other requirements as set by the Graduate College.
If you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship, you must provide an additional Graduate Assistantship Statement of Purpose describing reasons for applying for a graduate assistantship, past experiences helping to prepare for an assistantship, and goals as they pertain to an assistantship position. We also recommend applicants ask those writing letters of recommendation to include an assessment of your abilities related to serving as a Graduate Assistant. Please keep your statement to 1 – 2 double-spaced pages in length.
Other forms of financial aid, such as loans or the College Work Study Program, are available to graduate students. Prospective students should contact the Financial Aid Office and consult the Boise State University catalog.
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- A baccalaureate degree in Communication or a related field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
- A statement of purpose describing your background, academic interests, academic or professional goals, and how the program will help fulfill these interests and achieve these goals. Your statement should also describe the reasons you wish to pursue an MA in Communication, your qualifications, and why you think your academic interests align with our graduate program in communication. Please keep your statement to 2-3 double-spaced pages in length.
- An original scholarly paper. This writing sample should demonstrate your abilities as a writer and general topics of interest. There is no maximum page limit, but the program would like to see a paper with a minimum of 8 pages. Please select a paper that includes an analytical thesis argument and employs evidence (theoretical or empirical) to support that argument. Writing samples tend to be products from Communication courses, but papers from other courses may also be provided.
- A list of completed communication theory courses and social science research methods courses. Communication theory courses and research methods courses offer useful preparation for graduate study and research in communication. The program asks applicants to provide information regarding the institution, course number, course title, and primary content of any communication theory and theorizing courses as well as any social science research courses completed.
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably at least two from academic references) that assess your qualifications and likelihood for success in a graduate course of study. The program recommends requesting letters from professors (or professionals with a graduate degree) who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities, and potential to succeed in our graduate program in Communication. If you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, please ask recommenders to also include a section that assesses your abilities as related to serving as a Graduate Assistant.
- A report of GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores. The institution code for Boise State University is 4018. For more information about the GRE or to request your scores to be sent to Boise State University, please go to http://www.ets.org/gre. GRE scores are not required for undergraduate communication majors with an overall 3.3/4.0 GPA or higher.
Application and Materials Deadlines
Fall: February 15
The Department of Communication accepts applications in the Spring for Fall admission.