SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION GRADUATE PROGRAM

About the program

The School of Communication offers a Master of Arts degree focusing on Strategic Communication to qualified candidates. Students will learn how to strategically create, gather, write, evaluate, and analyze messages and data for various stakeholders within a global community. We teach students not only what to communicate, but how to communicate strategically across different contexts. The program’s emphasis is to apply theory to practical problem solving through rigorous methodological training. The MA program prepares students for a variety of career options, such as: training and development, public relations, media management, integrated marketing communication, business and organization analyzing, audience research, and human relations.  Students may also matriculate to doctoral studies at nationally recognized Ph.D. programs.

The School usually has 30 students at the graduate level and maintains quality through selective admissions. Each year the School awards a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified candidates with strong professional, academic records and clear-cut goals. Visit the links for more information about admission and assistantship.

For questions, please contact the School of Communication at 330-972-7600, or the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tang at tangt@uakron.edu.

Graduate Courses

Thesis and Comprehensive Exam


Admissions and assistantships

Admission requirements

  • Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Essay of no more than 500 words outlining reasons for choosing graduate program in Communication at The University of Akron.
  • Posses an undergraduate major in communication, or a related field.
  • International students must meet the requirements of the Graduate School for the TOEFL requirement.

*Note: Even though an applicant is eligible for consideration, an offer of admission is not guaranteed.

All materials must be submitted directly to Graduate School Information. For more information, please contact the School of Communication at 330-972-7600 or the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tang at tangt@ukron.edu.

Graduate assistantships

Each year the School of Communication awards a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified candidates with strong professional, academic records and clear-cut goals. Graduate assistants (GAs) receive tuition remission and a small stipend in exchange for 20 hours each week dedicated to the classroom and/or labs. GAs are not permitted to work outside of the program more than eight additional hours per week.

In addition to the admission, an assistantship application must be completed.

  • Complete the application for graduate assistantship/tuition scholarship forms.
  • Three letters of reference
  • A professional resume

All materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. For more information, please contact the School of Communication at 330-972-7600 or the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tang at tangt@ukron.edu. 


Deadlines

  • March 1: Admission with request for assistantship
  • May 1: Admission only

Program distinction

  • Rigorous Scholarship - Students will study cutting-edge theories and a variety of research methods in order to create original research with opportunities to present scholarship in both peer and professional venues.
  • Competitive Assistantships - Graduate assistantships are awarded to qualified candidates. Assistantships include tuition remission and a stipend.
  • Flexible Program Options - Students can finish the program in as few as 18 months with the choice to complete the program by writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive exam.
  • Networking Opportunities - Networking with alumni, renowned scholars and top communication practitioners in the field. Our program prepares students for a variety of career options in training development, media management, integrated marketing communication, public relations, business and organization analyzing, etc.
  • Award-Winning Faculty - Our graduate faculty are nationally and internationally known for their research and professional accomplishments. They pride themselves on working closely with graduate students.