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Graduate Studies

$15-17K
Financial Packages
300+
M.A. Graduates
27+
Graduates Accepted into Ph.D. programs in the last five years

About the Program

The Department of Communication Studies is committed to fostering an intellectually robust, empirically grounded, and socially engaged master's degree that will enrich students’ knowledge and skills for the unique challenges of our day. Our graduate students seek to engage, motivate, and positively impact their communities. They join us at UNLV to improve public policy, defend justice, promote health, enhance mediation, and otherwise help the world to communicate more effectively and humanely. Artful communication, in turn, brings leadership opportunities. We teach the communicative arts, from interpersonal relationship development to public persuasion, applying them in a vibrant, unique, and exciting urban setting. In our MA program, students engage a wide spectrum of communities across a wide range of communicative themes, concluding their experience with a scholarly thesis or a professional paper/project.

Our program is a 36-credit degree. We offer two tracks: Advanced Communication Research and Community Engagement.

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Resources for Student Success

  • An exceptional faculty-to-student ratio means students work closely with their mentors.
  • Department financial support for conference travel, paid assistantships, and professional development.
  • Opportunities for summer teaching (over $3,000 value).
  • Full tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and waiver of most service fees.
  • Opportunities to work directly in the community through the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.
  • Debate Summer Camp ($1,000 value).
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) offers a wide range of resources for graduate students, including funding for conferences and research activities.