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.

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SALARIES RANGE FROM $53,000-$190,000
SALARIES RANGE FROM $53,000-$190,000
MORE THAN 45,000
MORE THAN 45,000

Communication is a broad but versatile area of study that can be applied to a variety of fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, over 45,000 media and communication jobs are expected through 2026, which includes everything from local sports broadcast network to magazine writers and freelance bloggers. On the more traditional business side, advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions should grow nine percent, and public relations managers project to expand ten percent, or about 8,000 jobs. For professions like technical writing, which synthesizes complex information into readable formats like instruction manuals and how-to guides, jobs are forecast to reach faster-than-average 11 percent growth, thanks in part to the rapid expansion of Web-based product support. GVSU graduates often work in the following fields:

  • Mass communication
  • Global strategy
  • Advocacy and social impact
  • Digital strategies and analytics
  • Corporate communications
  • Public diplomacy
  • Public relations
  • Social media
  • Media studies
  • Journalism
  • Project management
  •  Health communication
  • Leadership

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of communication, salary ranges vary. For instance, a senior public relations specialist or media/communication specialist will earn between $87,156 – $114,289 annually, with a median salary of $99,532 per year. A writer or editor's salary may range from between $53,880 – $100,000 per year. Senior market research analysts will earn a salary that ranges from between $75,000 – $190,000 annually, with a median salary of $83,693 per year. ( 

Why Study Communication at Grand Valley?

  • First-rate Faculty. Faculty in the Communication 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 Communication, 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. Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


The Communication, 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 if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog for admission requirements for this program.

Admission Requirements


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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