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You love the art of winsomely sharing concepts and ideas, persuading a crowd to your point of view, and motivating someone face-to-face. But you also want to take your communication career to the next level. If that describes you, Ball State’s graduate program in communication liberal arts and sciences is a great fit. Whether you want to teach in a college or university, move directly into a professional communication career, or further your doctoral studies, our master’s program will help you get there.

Degree Requirements

You’ll take:

  • 12 credits of general communications core courses
  • 15 credits specific to your master’s in communication liberal arts and sciences
  • nine credits of electives (including the opportunity for a paid professional internship)

As the culmination of your degree, you can either:

  • prepare and defend a thesis or research paper
  • complete a written and oral comprehensive examination




A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Quantitative Research in Communication
  • Theories of Rhetoric
  • Rhetorical Criticism

For a complete list of all classes, their descriptions, and additional program requirements, please consult our Graduate Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Master’s Degree in Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences

Our alumni have obtained positions as:

  • college instructors
  • admission specialists
  • academic advisors

Many have also gained entry to doctoral programs in communication studies and other disciplines.

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

Work directly with our expert faculty and gain hands-on experience while helping cover the costs of your education. Find a graduate assistantship.

Ready to Apply?

Review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

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