MA Program

The MA in Communication program at Baylor University aims to develop innovative, articulate, and ethical leaders in fields related to communication, film, and digital media. With diverse course offerings and degree paths that cultivate research and application as well as technical and creative production skills, our graduates are poised for successful careers in academia, consulting, business and nonprofit practice, public service, and media industries. The MA in Communication is one graduate degree program housed in two different departments, the Department of Communication and the Department of Film and Digital Media. As such, we offer two distinct programs of study.

Students affiliated with the Department of Communication examine the relational, collaborative, strategic, symbolic, and adaptive nature of communication and learn alongside esteemed faculty who specialize in two sub-fields of study. Though students often identify themselves in terms of one sub-field, they are encouraged to take courses from both areas and explore opportunities to intersect areas of study:

Through coursework in both areas of study, students are challenged to fulfill the “Learning Outcomes in Communication” established by the National Communication Association:

  • Employ Communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Engage in Communication inquiry
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose and context
  • Critically analyze messages
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy)
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices
  • Utilize communication to embrace difference
  • Influence public discourse

For more information about the communication program of study, visit the Degree Paths and Coursework and Program Highlights sections of our website.  Prospective applicants, make sure to review the Admissions information and explore opportunities for Funding and Assistantships

For further information, contact the Graduate Program Director:

Lacy McNamee, PhD

Lacy_McNamee@baylor.edu | 254-710-4698

Students interested in the film and digital media program of study may also visit the FDM website or contact the FDM Graduate Program Advisor:

Daniel M. Shafer, PhD

Daniel_M_Shafer@baylor.edu | 254-710-4471