Master’s in Communication in Missouri

Missouri is home to nine schools that offer master's in communication programs. Students can choose from traditional on-campus programs or online programs that allow them to complete coursework on their own schedules and from anywhere, as well as several options for focusing their studies on a particular area of communication. Options include health communication, political communication, strategic communication and public relations, advertising, marketing, broadcast journalism, organizational communication, and many others. Following graduation, students can pursue further study of communications in a doctoral program, a career in academia, or employment in one of Missouri's top industries including food and beverage, financial services, healthcare or advanced manufacturing. Graduates may also pursue careers in one of St. Louis' many communications or media companies, such as Fleishman-Hillard, Momentum Worldwide, Charter Communications or Ghergich & Co. Other major employers in Missouri include Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Monsanto Company, Mercy Health System and Washington University.

Keep reading for more details about the various master's in communication programs offered in Missouri:

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY

Lindenwood University in St. Charles offers a Master of Arts in Mass Communication program in a hybrid format, combining online courses with traditional classroom courses.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Mass Communication program is a 36-credit hour program that allows students to customize their programs of study to their interest and career goals. Students can choose to concentrate their studies in broadcast or mass communication.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $8,450 per semester for full-time students and $480 per credit hour for part-time students.

PARK UNIVERSITY

Park University offers a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program on their campuses in Parkville and Fort Bliss in Texas or online.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program is a 36-credit hour program that emphasizes organizational communication and leadership that culminates in a thesis or graduate project and presentation.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $560 per credit hour, which does not include additional university fees and course supplies.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI

The University of Central Missouri offers a Master of Arts in Communication program that can be taken on campus in Warrensburg or fully online.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program offers courses in film, videography, radio, journalism, teaching, and management.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $298 per credit hour for Missouri residents and $597 per credit hour for non-residents.

Anything Else?: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and all application materials should be received by Graduate Studies at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri in Columbia offers an on-campus Master of Arts in Communication program, as well as an online program.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program offers students several options for program concentration, including Interpersonal and Family Communication, Mediated Communication, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, Identity/Diversity, and Health and Crisis Communication.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $7,702 per year for fall and spring semesters for Missouri residents and $19,136 for non-residents.

Anything Else?: The program begins in the fall semester, and applications must be received by January 15.

Springfield Master’s in Communication Programs

DRURY UNIVERSITY

Drury University in Springfield offers a Master of Arts in Communication degree that is offered in the evening, blended, and online formats in 8- or 16-week intervals.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program is a 30-credit hour program with two options for emphasis: Integrated Marketing Communication or Organizational Leadership & Change. The program has two and three-year completion options and can be completed in as little as 18 months, with courses offered online, on campus in the evenings or in a blended format.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for Master of Arts in Communication program for the 2018-2019 academic year is $462 per credit hour.

Anything Else?: The College of Graduate Studies has application deadlines for each semester (fall, spring, and summer) as well as for the second session period of each semester. For a full list of application deadlines, as well as information about how to apply, click here.

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Missouri State University in Springfield offers a Master of Arts in Communication program that can be taken on campus in the evenings or online.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program aims to balance theory and research with service-learning and internship opportunities and allows students to specialize in an area of interest, such as conflict, organizational communication or public relations.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $10,588 per semester for Missouri residents, $19,260 for non-residents, and $9,120 for online students.

Anything Else?: The program begins in the fall semester for new students. The application deadline for the fall is February 1.

St. Louis Master’s in Communication Programs

ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY

St. Louis University offers a Master of Arts in Communication program in a traditional on-campus format.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program allows students to customize their degree plan according to their interests and career goals. Students can explore a variety of areas of communication, including intercultural communication, media studies, organizational communication, strategic communication, health communication, and others.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $1,130 per credit hour.

Anything Else?: The application deadline for admission in the fall semester is July 1, and November 1 for admission to the spring semester.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - ST. LOUIS

The University of Missouri in St. Louis offers a hybrid Master of Arts in Communication program.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program is a hybrid online/classroom format that allows students to meet on campus only once or twice per week in the evenings. The program culminates in either a thesis, internship, or additional coursework.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $7,702 per year for fall and spring semesters for Missouri residents and $19,136 for non-residents.

Anything Else?: Students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semesters. Applications may be considered as late as July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester, but applicants are encouraged to send in their materials as early as possible.

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY

Webster University in St. Louis offers several masters-level communication programs both on campus and fully online.

What to Know: Webster University offers several on-campus masters in communication programs, including Master of Arts in Advertising & Marketing Communications, Master of Arts in Communication Management, Master of Arts in Media Communication, Master of Arts in New Media Production, and Master of Arts in Public Relations.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $750 per credit hour.

Anything Else?: The application deadline for the fall semester is March 30, and September 30 for admission for the spring semester.

Online Master’s in Communication Programs in Missouri

DRURY UNIVERSITY

Drury University offers its Master of Arts in Communication program in an online and blended format and allows students to choose from an emphasis in Integrated Marketing Communication or Organizational Leadership & Change. For more information about Drury University's Master of Arts in Communication program online, click here.

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

In addition to offering their Master of Arts in Communication program in an online format, Missouri State University also offers an online Master of Professional Study in Applied Communication program. The program is an interdisciplinary program that includes a variety of courses on successful business and communication administration and leadership. For more information about the online Master of Professional Study in Applied Communication program, click here.

PARK UNIVERSITY

Park University offers its Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program in an online format in addition to offering courses on its campuses in Parkville or Fort Bliss, Texas. For more information about Park University's Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program online, click here.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI

The University of Central Missouri offers their Master of Arts in Communication program as an online program, with courses taught by the same faculty as their on-campus program. For more information about the University of Central Missouri's online program, click here.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri offers the Master of Arts in Communication degree in a fully online format with the following concentrations: Health Communication, Interactive Media, Media Management, and Strategic Communication. To learn more about the University of Missouri's online programs, click here.

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY

Webster University offers several options for online masters-level communication degrees, including Master of Arts in Advertising and Marketing Communications, Master of Arts in Communication Management, Master of Arts in Media Communications and Master of Arts in Public Relations. To learn more about these programs, click here.

Missouri Colleges That Offer Accredited Master's in Communications Programs

SchoolContact Information
Drury University
Shewmaker 138 - 900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield , MO 65802
(417) 873-7391
Linwood University
209 S. Kingshireway
St Charles, MO 63301
(636) 949-4863
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave
Springfield , MO 65897
(417) 836-4423
Park University
8700 NW River Park Dr.
Parkville, MO 64152
(816) 584-6263
Saint Louis University
3733 West Pine Mall
St. Louis , MO 63108
(314) 977-3344
University of Central Missouri
108 W. South Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093
(877) 729-8266
University of Missouri
108 Switzler Hall
Columbia , MO 65211
(573) 882-4431
University of Missouri - St. Louis
1 University Blvd.- 590 Lucas Hall
St Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-5489
Webster University
8300 Big Bend Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63119
(314) 968-7154