Master of Science in Communication at Grand Valley

The Master of Science in Communication (MSCom) is a versatile program that meets the needs of communication professionals. Individuals in public relations, advertising, promotions, journalism, broadcasting, and health communication, to name a few, as well as those seeking to enhance their organizational effectiveness, find the MSCom program to be rewarding and beneficial.

Why Study Communication at Grand Valley?

  • First-rate Faculty. in the Communication Studies program are engaged teachers and active scholars with various, and complementary areas of academic and professional expertise.
  • Flexible Degree. Communication Studies majors have flexibility, options, and electives within their curriculum.
  • Experiential Learning. Communication Studies majors have opportunities to develop their talents and gain professional experience, which includes the campus newspaper (Lanthorn), student-run television (GVTV) and radio (Whale), opportunities with the visual and performing arts, and internships in professional settings, both on campus (PBS/NPR) and off campus.
  • Career-focused. Graduates of the program seek employment throughout professional communication, and they can pursue graduate education.

Courses Offered

The Communications, M.S. is 36 credits and when taken part-time can be completed in two to three years. The curriculum includes coursework covering a wide variety of communication topics, including courses from other major programs within the School of Communications relevant to Communication Studies.  

See the full course list.


The Communications, M.S. application deadlines are July 15 for Fall semester, November 1 for Winter semester, and April 1 for Spring/Summer semester. Applications may be considered after the deadlines. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

View the Admissions Requirements for Communication Studies


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

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