Master’s in Communication in Virginia

Virginia offers a variety of master's in communication programs across the state, including traditional on-campus programs as well as online programs that allow students the flexibility to learn whenever fits their schedule. Students can also choose from a myriad of areas of study in order to prepare themselves for careers in politics, strategic communication, public relations, digital media journalism and more.

Due to Northern Virginia's proximity to Washington D.C., the U.S. government and its various agencies provide communications graduates in Virginia with many potential employment opportunities. Other major employers in Virginia include Capital One, Deloitte Consulting, Verizon and Padilla Public Relations. A few potential career titles for graduates of master's in communications programs include media strategist, political consultant, speechwriter, journalist, editor, and publicist, marketing director among many others.

Read on for more details about each master's in communications program available in Virginia.

George Mason University

Located near Washington D.C. in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University offers a Master of Arts in Communication program in a traditional classroom format.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program offers four distinct areas of study: Strategic Communication/Public Relations, Health Communication, Science Communication and Individualized Communication Studies.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition for in-state residents at George Mason University's College of Humanities & Social Sciences is $595 per credit, and $1,416 per credit for non-residents.

Anything Else?: The deadline to apply for the fall semester is March 1.

James Madison University

James Madison University in Harrisonburg offers a Master of Arts in Communication and Advocacy program that prepares students for careers in academia as well as in interpersonal and organizational advocacy.

What to Know: The program is a 36-credit hour program that includes 18 hours of core course work, nine hours of concentrated study in advocacy topics including environmental, health and strategic communication, and nine hours dedicated to a major project or elective coursework.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition for Virginia residents is $473 per credit hour, and tuition for non-residents is $1,231 per credit hour.

Anything Else?: Applications for admission are reviewed beginning February 15. Applications will then be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 15 or until all available seats in the program are filled.

Liberty University

Liberty University in Lynchburg offers two options for Master of Arts in Communication degrees: one in strategic communications and the other in general communication. Both programs are offered in online or on-campus formats.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Communication program focuses on small group communication, listening and nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, leadership and strategies of persuasion. The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program provides hand-on experience and real client interactions to help students prepare for careers in public relations, marketing, advertising, web strategies and social media.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition for the on-campus Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Master of Arts in Communication programs are $545 per credit hour. For the online programs, part-time tuition is $615 per credit hour and $565 per credit hour for full-time students.

Anything Else?: Both programs require 36-credit hours of study, as well as a thesis or capstone project.

Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University offers a Master of Arts in Media and Communication degree as a traditional on-campus program.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Media and Communication offers students three sequences to choose from: interpersonal communication, mass communications and journalism.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition and fees for Virginia residents taking 12 or more credits per semester is $5,778 per semester and $11,856 for non-residents.

Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University in Norfolk offers a Master of Arts in Lifespan & Digital Communication program, which combines the study of relational communication and digital media studies as it develops over the human lifespan.

What to Know: The Master of Arts in Lifespan and Digital Communication aims to prepare students for careers in the areas of applied research and policy, community networking and outreach, education and training and health and wellness.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition and fees for Virginia residents taking 9 credits per semester is $4,614 per semester and $11,391 per semester for non-residents.

Anything Else?: The program requires 36-credit hours of study, generally taken over two years.

Radford University

Radford University offers a Master of Science in Strategic Communication program, which takes a broad approach that allows students to learn multiple communication tactics.

What to Know: Students can take specialized classes in areas such as video production, social media and analytics, public relations, political communication, training and development, interactive media and more.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition and fees for Virginia residents taking 12 or more credits per semester is $5,778 per semester and $10,264 per semester for non-residents.

Anything Else?: The 36-credit hour program allows full-time students to complete the program in two years, while working professionals can take one to three courses per semester while continuing their career.

Regent University

Regent University, a private Christian University in Virginia Beach, offers three Master of Arts in Communications programs that can be taken online, on campus or a hybrid of both online and in-person classes.

What to Know: Students can choose from Master of Arts in Communication - Media & Arts Management & Production, Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication or Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition cost for Master of Arts programs the Regent University School of Communication & the Arts is $650 per credit hour for a total program cost of $21,450, which does not include fees, course materials or books.

Anything Else?: All three degree options are 33-credit hour programs that are offered as fully online programs meant to suit the schedules of students working full- or part-time, or as online/on campus hybrid programs with time spent on the Virginia Beach campus.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond offers a Master of Science in Mass Communication - Multimedia Journalism program as well as a Master of Science in Mass Communication - Strategic Public Relations program.

What to Know: The Strategic Public Relations program is a fast-track, one year program, with weekend courses taken as a cohort over four semesters. The Multimedia Journalism program is taken three courses each semester over two years, with two courses taken in the evening and one course taken online.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition and fees for Virginia residents taking a full-time course load is approximately $6,806 per semester, and graduate tuition and fees for non-residents is $13,147 per semester.

Anything Else?: The application deadlines for both the Strategic Public Relations and Multimedia Journalism programs are January 15 and March 15. The Multimedia Journalism program requires an academic degree in journalism or at least two years of professional journalism experience.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Communication program at their Blacksburg campus.

What to Know: The 33-credit hour program offers advanced study in strategic communication and society, media and technology research.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition for Virginia residents is $718.50 per credit hour, and graduate tuition for non-residents is $1,448.25 per credit hour.

Anything Else?: The priority deadline for application is January 19 for consideration for financial aid.

Virginia Colleges That Offer Master's in Communications Programs

SchoolContact Information
George Mason University
Programs
4400 University Drive, 3D6
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-1090
James Madison University
54 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-3386
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(800) 424-9595
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 823-8330
Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 368-4114
Radford University
PO Box 6932
Radford, VA 24142
(540) 831-6553
Regent University
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(800) 373-5504
Virginia Commonwealth University
901 West Main Street, Room 2216
Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 828-2660
Virginia Tech
181 Turner Street, NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-7136