Ph.D. - Communication, M.A. - Communication
The M. A. in Communication at Washington State University is designed for individuals seeking higher-level and focused understanding of communication theory, processes and phenomena, whether their intent is to prepare for doctoral-level study in pursuit of an academic career or a communication-related career in business, government, education, research, or the communications industry. Successful completion of the program normally requires two academic years of full time study and results in the granting of the Master of Arts in Communication.
The doctoral program in Communication Washington State University provides world class curriculum, faculty, and facilities to prepare students as scholars and educators. In our doctoral program, you will work with diverse faculty who study health communication, intercultural and international communication, media processes and effects, media and society, and organizational communication.
Descriptions of these areas are provided below:
Media & Health Promotion focuses on media messages and health behavior. This includes social level analysis of mainstream and alternative media as products of and influences on the health of individuals and society; individual level analysis of psychological processes through which health related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors are shaped; and the creation of messages related to health and social wellbeing, as well as how strategic messages campaigns can influence decision making and social development.
Communication, Technology & Social Influence focuses on the role of communication, media, and technologies and their influence in shaping individuals, organizations, and societies. The roles and effects of emerging media, including mobile technology and social media are examined in different domains such as social issues, social movements, journalism, environmental communication and health. Faculty and graduate students work in teams to develop theory and address applied communication problems.
The Murrow College of Communication is now its own College. Larry Pintak is the Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
International Student Requirements:
For international students, a minimum *TOEFL score of:
Paper-based minimum score: 600
Computer-based minimum score: 250
Internet-based minimum score: 93
* waived if applicant has received a U.S. degree within the last two years
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 40 for MA and 72 for
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $182.00 USD
In State Tuition (per year): 11746 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 25178 USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: Loans may be available. To determine eligiblity for federal student aid, students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal School Code: 003800
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999