Master’s in Communication in Florida

Florida offers aspiring communications experts several options for masters-level degrees. Students in the Sunshine State can choose from full online courses as well as traditional on campus programs across the state. Professional concentrations available to students in Florida include public relations, health communication, political communication and digital media among many others.

In addition to the enormous tourism industry in Florida, the aviation and aerospace, life sciences, manufacturing, information technology and financial services industries offer exciting career opportunities for graduates of master's in communication programs.

See below for details about master's in communications programs available throughout Florida.

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton offers a traditional on campus Master of Arts in Communication Studies program.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a blend of historical, theoretical and critical knowledge of a wide area of communication forms, training them to conduct original research and for careers in academia, media, the public sector and non-governmental organizations.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition and fees are $369.82 per credit hour for Florida residents and $1,024.81 per credit hour for non-residents.

Anything Else?: Applications for the program must be submitted online by March 1st for consideration for the fall, and by October 1st for entry in the spring.

Florida International University

Florida International University in Miami offers a fully online Master of Science in Mass Communication: Global Strategic Communications program.

What to Know: The Master of Science in Mass Communication: Global Strategic Communications program can be completed in one year and prepares students for expanded career opportunities in advertising, public relations and integrated communications, while enhancing performance in their current communications roles.

What Does It Cost?: Tuition for the 30 credit program is $25,000.

Anything Else?: The program admits students in the fall and spring, and consists of six eight-week terms. Students enroll in four courses (12 credits) each semester, which is the equivalent of two courses each term.

Florida State University

Florida State University in Tallahassee offers three masters-level communications programs in traditional on campus formats.

What to Know: The Master's in Communication Media Studies program prepares students for careers in media, communication agencies, political, social and public sector organizations as well as for doctoral work in communication leading to careers in teaching or research. The Integrated Marketing Communication graduate program is designed for students interested in careers in advertising, public relations, cross-cultural marketing communication, new communication technologies and applied research. The Master's in Public Interest Media and Communication is a hybrid professional/research degree that prepares students to work in the communication areas of non-governmental organizations, political campaigns, government agencies and social service groups.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition and fees for Florida residents is $479.32 per credit hour, and $1,11072 per credit hour for non-residents.

Anything Else?: The Master's in Communication Studies program is a 33-36 credit hour program generally taken over four semesters culminating in a creative project, thesis or courses-only final. The IMC program is also 33-36 credit hours, with four completion options: courses-only, thesis, creative project or residency. The Master's in Communication Media Studies program is a 36-credit hour program that culminates in a creative project, thesis or courses-only final.

Lynn University

Lynn University in Boca Raton offers three Master of Science in Communication programs as traditional classroom programs.

What to Know: The Master of Science in Communication and Media: Media Studies & Practice program teaches students advanced video editing, shooting and design, media history, law, culture and technology and advanced communication theories and industry trends. The Master of Science in Communication and Media: Digital Media program focuses on advanced digital media skills, the latest design software and digital storytelling, image making, animation and motion graphics. In the Design Strategies for Web Development program, students will learn digital media and communication strategies, JavaScript and HTML and Ruby on Rails style of coding.

What Does It Cost?: Tuition per credit for all three Master of Science in Communication and Media programs is $740.

Anything Else?: The deadline for fall entry into Lynn University is August 17.

University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida in Orlando offers a traditional on campus Master of Arts in Communication program.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program offers students their choice of two tracks: Mass Communication and Interpersonal Communication. The program offers flexible programs of study, including evening classes and full-time or part-time enrollment.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition and fees is $369.65 per credit hour for Florida residents and $1,194.05 per credit hour for non-residents.

Anything Else?: The University of Central Florida admits students in the fall and spring semesters for the Master of Arts in Communication program.

University of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainesville offers several options for students seeking a master's in communication degree, including two fully online programs, a joint law and communications degree and two options for Master of Arts in Mass Communications programs.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree is a research and theory-based program that offers students to choose from six specializations: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, Telecommunication, International and Science/Health. The University of Florida also offers a Professional Master of Arts in Mass Communication program for graduates who are interested in pursuing a professional, non-academic career, which can be completed in as little as one year. The Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree is also offered a joint degree program with the School of Law in which students earn their master's in communication and a Juris Doctor degree simultaneously. The University of Florida also offers two fully online programs: a Global Strategic Communication degree, as well as a Master's in Political Communication degree.

What Does It Cost?: The cost of the online Master's in Political Communication program is $18,410. The cost of the online Master's in Global Strategic Communication is $32,773. Graduate level tuition and fees for the on campus programs are $530.69 per credit hour for Florida residents and $1,255.41 per credit hour for non-residents.

Anything Else?: Application deadlines for the online programs are November 1 for the spring semester, April 1 for the summer and July 1 for the fall semester. The application deadline for the Professional Master of Arts in Mass Communication, Research & Theory Master of Arts in Mass Communication and the joint MAMC/JD programs is April 1 for fall semester entry.

University of Miami

The University of Miami offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies as a traditional on campus program and as a fully online program. In addition, the school also offers Master of Fine Arts degrees in Motion Pictures and Interactive Media as well as a Master's in Public Relations degree.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication Studies program offers four tracks for students to choose from, including Communication Studies, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication and Organizational Communication. This program is also offered in thesis or non-thesis formats. The Master's in Public Relations program focuses on the importance of research, new technology and the relationship of all media to public relations in the public and private sectors. The Master of Fine Arts program in Motion Pictures offers a three-year degree program with specialization in Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Documentary and Interactive Media creation. The Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media program teaches students about game design, web design, mobile, data visualization, interactive design and other emerging technologies.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition is $1,960 per semester for full-time students, which does not include other mandatory fees, as well as books or supplies.

Anything Else?: The early application deadline for the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program is December 1. The priority deadline for the MFA programs is February 1.

University of West Florida

The University of West Florida in Pensacola offers an on campus Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership program.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership program culminates in a capstone project in which each student works with a client in his or her field of interest to design a strategic communication plan. The program also features an optional graduate-level certificate in Health Communication Leadership.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition is $295.34 per credit hour for Florida residents and $923.57 per credit hour for non-residents. This does not include additional mandatory fees, books or other course materials.

Anything Else?: The final application deadline for the fall semester is June 1, but first consideration for fall admission will be given to applications received by the first week in March.

Florida Colleges That Offer Master's in Communications Programs

SchoolContact Information
Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-3850
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-3125
Florida State University
3100 University Center, Building C
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 644-5034
Full Sail University
Programs
3300 University Boulevard
Winter Park, FL 32792
(800) 226-7625
Lynn University
3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 237-7000
University of Central Florida
12405 Aquarius Agora Drive
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-1711
University of Florida
1885 Stadium Road
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 273-3412
University of Miami
5100 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124
(305) 284-2265
University of South Florida - St. Petersburg
140 7th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 873-7748
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
(850) 474-2833