Become a Dynamic Communication Leader through Innovative Messaging
Analyze and design message strategies for face-to-face interaction, organizations, politics and health. A Master of Arts in Communication from the University at Albany will sharpen your skills as a researcher, problem solver and collaborator, while empowering you to pursue specific interests aligned with your career goals.
Whether your ambitions point you toward the responsibility of workforce leadership or the rigor of doctoral education, you will be prepared through a blend of theoretical and applied study.
Program of Study
The master’s in communication curriculum combines core study in theory, practice and research methods with electives related to your selected concentration in one of these areas:
- Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
- Organizational Communication
- Political Communication
- Health Communication
Your studies will culminate in either an original research project or a practicum with guidance and mentorship from our active faculty. The research project provides excellent preparation for doctoral study, while the internship-practicum offers a prime opportunity to practice what you have learned in an applied setting.
- Communication Theory and Practice
- Communication Research Methods
Courses in the Department of Communication or in other departments that have been approved for your course of study. Sample courses:
- Conversation Analysis
- Mass Media Effects in Political Communication
- New Media and Engagement
- Organizational Culture
- Digital and Social Media in Strategic Communication
Areas of Concentration
Interpersonal / Intercultural Communication:
- Interpersonal Interaction
- Culture and Communication
- 6 additional credits as advised in interpersonal interaction/cultural practices
- Theories and Research in Public Organizational Communication
- 9 additional credits as advised in organizational communication
- Theories and Research in Political Communication
- 9 additional credits as advised in political communication
- Health Communication
- 9 additional credits as advised in health communication
Complete either a Guided Research Project or Research Seminar/Practicum as advised.
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Because communication science and English language teaching are complementary areas of study, UAlbany offers this integrated program to earn graduate degrees in both fields.
In addition to the theoretical knowledge you gain in these programs, you also acquire practical experience that fully prepares you to succeed at instructing English learners in a variety of language learning environments.
If you’re interested in interpersonal and intercultural communication, you will have the opportunity to go overseas to teach English as a foreign language, or to teach international students attending U.S. institutions.
This combined MA/MS program provides you with a rich educational experience with full access to resources, professors, and opportunities across two departments in two different schools within the University at Albany (the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences).
You will have the opportunity to participate in faculty-assisted research and internships to acquire a deeper understanding of the coursework. Collaborate with faculty on topics such as e-government, mass media, healthcare interactions and communications within under-resourced communities.
Our MA Communication students have previously interned for the nearby New York State Assembly, as well as the American Red Cross, General Electric, Sirius XM Radio, Starbucks and the World Health Organization.
With an MA in Communication degree you will be positioned to pursue executive and managerial positions, or advanced degrees such as a PhD. Potential job titles include:
- Public relations manager
- Project manager
- Vice president of corporate communications
- Digital marketing strategist
- Technical writer
- Managing editor
- Communications director
- Content strategist
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the perspectives, research methodologies, historical development and values of the field of communication, and their understanding of the communication discipline’s relationship to other academic disciplines.
- Students will be able to analyze and synthesize theory and research related to one or more of the fields of study represented within the Department’s MA program.
- Professionally oriented students will be able to apply knowledge of theory and research within their field of study to understanding and explaining communication phenomena experienced within practical contexts and proposing courses of action designed to achieve relevant communication-related goals.
- Students with the goal of pursuing further graduate study will be able to apply their knowledge of theory and research to the generation of appropriate research questions, and to the collection and analysis of data designed to answer research questions related to their field of study.