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Communication (MComm) Overview
Varies by Term
Fall entry: July 1
Spring entry: November 1
Applications will continue to be accepted and considered for admission as long as seats remain in the cohort.
Students who have taken graduate coursework elsewhere can transfer up to six credits into the MComm program.
Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.
The MComm a hybrid program, blending on-ground courses with select online offerings for increased flexibility.
Explore the Master of Communication Degree:
Students may select one of three tracks to pursue a specialization in: Health Communication, Environmental Communication, or Strategic Communication. Tracks consist of nine credits. All students round out their program of study with six credits of electives.
- Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Probationary admission may be granted for applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0 who show extreme promise through their other achievements.)
Our application cycle for fall 2022 and spring 2023 will open as we near the start of fall 2021 (August) courses.
If you have not already, please request info from Admissions to get updated communications from the graduate admissions department on availability of the new application cycle.
- Completed application for admission, including:
- Online application
- Admissions Essay
- Curriculum vita or resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
COM525: Communications Research and Theory
Course provides an overview of the major theoretical and research developments in the communications discipline. The emphasis will be on the application of theory to practice and on applied research. Topics include quantitative and qualitative research methods, research ethics, and the history of development of communication theories.
COM528: Risk and Crisis Communication
Students acquire an understanding of crisis management and risk communication. Course topics include public opinion research, data collection and analysis, crisis and risk management theory, and communication tactics and strategies. Students develop case studies relating to their areas of professional interest.
COM625: Communications Campaigns
Students explore the use of communication campaigns to effect changes in attitude and behavior. Course prepares students to develop, implement, and assess strategic campaigns. Drawing on behavior theory and communication research and theory, students work on case studies and develop original campaigns employing multiple communication channels.
Chatham offers a 20% tuition reduction through its partnerships with selected employers in the Pittsburgh area.View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 1 - Tuition Reduction
A limited number of research, special project, and teaching assistantships are available to help defray the cost of tuition while allowing you to earn valuable, hands-on experience. These assistantships are in the form of tuition remission and will reduce your final tuition bill. Please contact your admission counselor to learn more.View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 2 - Hands-on Experience
Read Our Blog
How to write a compelling grant proposal? How can we address the digital divide in healthcare communications? What’s the role of social media in non-profit campaigns? Investigate these and other best practices in strategic communication on our blog.Visit the Blog : Checkerboard 3 - Read Our Blog
Through Flanagan Communication Consulting (FCC), our student-run communication and social marketing firm, students have the opportunity to assist local nonprofit organizations with their communications strategy at the same time that they are building a robust portfolio of work.Learn About FCC : Checkerboard 4 - Networking Opportunities
Present at Conferences
Students have presented original communication research at the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA), National Communication Association (NCA) and Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) Conferences.
Here are some of the positions that our graduates have held: manager of marketing & engagement, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh; improvement specialist, Center of Quality, Safety, & Innovation at UPMC; partner operations manager, Google; communications specialist at FedEx Supply Chain; network enablement lead, SAP.