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Communications, M.S.

As the field of communication has evolved, research-based decision making has become increasingly important. Specifically, communication professionals must be able to acquire and assess relevant information and effectively integrate their analysis into the decision-making process.

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Communication is a versatile program that meets the needs of those in the field of communication. Students will enhance their professional effectiveness and their leadership skills, and they will find it beneficial to their career development. Visit the School of Communications website for admissions requirements:

Why Study Communications at Grand Valley?

  • The program is designed with working professionals in mind. Courses are scheduled during evening hours and offered at Grand Valley's Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
  • Taken part time, the program can be completed in 2-3 years, with assistantships available on a competitive basis.
  • The program 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.

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For More Information

School of Communications
290 Lake Superior Hall
(616) 331-3668

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is July 15; winter is November 15; and spring/summer is March 15. Applications submitted after the posted deadlines will be given consideration as time permits. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


A variety of coursework is offered, including:

  • System Theory
  • Communication Law
  • Communication Research
  • Communication Management
  • Ethics in Professional Communication
  • Emerging Communication Technologies

Career Options

The program is designed to enhance effectiveness and leadership skills central to various applications of professional communication, such as:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Communication research
  • Health communication
  • Integrated communications
  • Journalism
  • Promotions
  • Public relations


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