Our Master of Arts in Communication offers you a practical and hands-on approach for advanced study. Our program is unique in offering you flexibility to pursue advanced study in a variety of areas, including public relations, journalism, media literacy and criticism. Though this is an online program, you have the option to take electives in-person. The MA in Communication is a great fit for working professionals who need flexibility and practical experience for career advancement.

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Learning Format For Communication Graduate Degree Coursework

Our graduate degree in communication is designed to be completed 100% online, with the option to take some courses in person. You’ll complete assignments, group and individual projects, group and individual presentations, readings and tests throughout the semester. Recorded lectures via Mediasite will connect you with professors and other students on your own time. Your participation, using Mediasite and other programs like Skype and Audacity related to recorded lectures, can be done at your convenience rather than during a specific time. To fulfill your graduation requirements for this program, you have the option of writing a thesis or completing a capstone project. For distance education students living outside of Portales, we use media equipped classrooms to let you defend your thesis from home.

Advising for Communication Students

If you are taking the time to complete an advanced study program, we know you want not only the benefits from our classes, but also our faculty’s professional experience. To support you, we offer advising meetings via email, phone and video chat. We want you to feel connected and prepared to create and defend your thesis or capstone project.

Communication Resources and Academic Support

At ENMU, we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer several tutoring services, including the Online Writing Center (OWL), which is exclusively for distance education students. The OWL is available to help you improve your writing and help you communicate clearly for written, school-related projects and assignments. We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you’ll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

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If you have questions or concerns about your homework assignments, projects or grades, you also have the option to email or call your professor.

Affordable Master’s in Communication

Eastern New Mexico University has the second lowest bachelor's and master's-level tuition in the state of New Mexico, and has one of the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the United States. If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in 6 or fewer hours per semester, you'll pay tuition and fees at the low in-state rate.

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Career Opportunities with a Master of Arts in Communication

Our program offers you:

  • The opportunity to enter the workforce directly upon graduation
  • A means to advance your professional career
  • Preparation for entering a doctoral program in communication or a related field

As a graduate of this program, you are prepared to pursue employment or advancement in these fields:

  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Broadcast production
  • Media relations
  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Business
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Political consulting
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Non-profit sector
  • Government

Admission Requirements for Master’s in Communication Program

If you are seeking a Master of Arts in Communication, you are expected to have a bachelor's degree in communication from an accredited institution, although well-qualified applicants from other disciplines are eligible for admission. All students seeking admission must apply to the communication program in addition to submitting an application to the Graduate School.

The following materials must be submitted to the Department of Communication (see contact information below):

  1. Official transcripts reflecting a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  2. Two letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members familiar with you)
  3. A one-page statement of purpose outlining your goals and objectives for your graduate work

Degree Requirements

You may select either a thesis or a non-thesis option. The thesis program consists of 24 semester hours of coursework, plus a six-hour thesis. If you select the thesis option, you must complete a thesis (topic to be approved by the graduate advisory committee) and successfully pass an oral defense of the thesis. The non-thesis program consists of 30 semester hours of course work, which includes Communication 532 Communication Capstone Project. The Master of Arts degree is sufficiently flexible to allow you to take graduate courses (up to six hours) outside the department to support your career or academic objectives, with the approval of your graduate advisory committee.

Thesis option: 24 semester hours of coursework, plus a six-hour thesis. You must complete a thesis and successfully pass an oral defense of the thesis. If you elect the thesis option, you may not enroll in Communication 532 Communication Capstone Project.

Non-thesis option: 30 semester hours of coursework. This coursework must include Communication 532 Communication Capstone Project. Thesis credits (Communication 599) may not be used to fulfill coursework requirements.

Master of Arts in Communication Degree Requirements

Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2018-20 Graduate Catalog.

Communication Core (12 credit hours)

COMM 502 Communication Research Methods 3
COMM 510 Mass Media and Society 3
COMM 513 Critical Analysis of Mass Media 3
COMM 545 Communication Theory 3

Required Graduate Communication Courses (12-18 hours)

Students electing to take the non-thesis option must complete 18 hours from the list below, including COM 532 Communication Capstone Project. Students electing to take the thesis option must complete 12 hours from the list below in addition to COMM 599 Master's Thesis. Students taking the thesis option may not enroll in COM 532 Communication Capstone Project.

COMM 509 Multimedia Journalism 3
COMM 511 Public Relations Cases and Concepts 3
COMM 517 Race, National Identity, and Media 3
COMM 522 Directing for Television 3
COMM 522L Directing for Television Lab 3
COMM 523 Global Media 3
COMM 525 Rhetoric and Popular Culture 3
COMM 526 Communication and Social Change 3
COMM 527 Integrated Communication Campaign 3
Communication 529 Management in Media 3
COMM 531 Documentary Writing and Production 3
COMM 532 Communication Capstone Project 3
COMM 546 Feature Writing 3
COMM 554 Relational and Interpersonal Communication Behavior 3
COMM 557 Strategic Communication 3
COMM 569 Workshop in Communication 3
COMM 575 Gender Communication 3
COMM 577 Family Communication 3
COMM 579 Individual Research 3
COMM 593 Topics in Communication 1-3

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Apply for Admission to Graduate School

All other required admission materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Communication:

Department of Communication
ENMU Station 27
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Phone: 575.562.2130

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At ENMU, our mission is to combine a traditional learning environment with 21st century technology to provide a rich educational experience with excellent teaching and active learning. ENMU emphasizes liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, cultural diversity and whole student life. With affordable tuition, evening classes as well as select online courses, we offer an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. Apply now or contact us for further information on how to advance your career by earning a Master of Arts in Communication.

Graduate Coordinator

Patricia Dobson

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Chair, Department of Communication; Associate Professor of Communication; Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Communication Center (COM), Room 100

Phone: 575.562.2130