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Master of Science (M.S.)

As the field of communication has matured, the value of research-based decision making has become clear. Communication professionals must know about acquiring and assessing relevant information and integrating their analysis of that information into the decision-making process.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is a versatile program that meets the needs of various aspects of professional communication. Students will enhance their effectiveness and leadership skills within an organization and find that the degree is rewarding and beneficial to their careers. Visit the School of Communications website for admissions requirements.


A variety of communications coursework is offered, including:

  • Communications law
  • Communication management
  • Emerging telecommunication technologies
  • Ethics in professional communication
  • Systems theory and communication

Career Options

The program is designed to enhance effectiveness and leadership skills valuable to organizations such as:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Public relations

Why Study Communications at Grand Valley?

  • The program is designed with working professionals in mind. Courses are scheduled during evening hours and are offered at Grand Valley's Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
  • Taken part time, the M.S. in communication can be completed in two to three years with assistantships available on a competitive basis.
  • The School of Communications has many ties with business, community, and cultural organizations and has contacts with experts in a variety of areas in communications. These contacts serve as outstanding resources both within the classroom and for internships.


“As a young working professional, the master's in communications program was the perfect fit for me. The interactive approach of the faculty paired with the practical application of the subject matter made attending class a lot of fun. I was actually able to go to class at night and apply what I learned the next day at work.”


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