Who Should Apply?

MA in Communication

The MA Communication is of interest to anyone with a professional or academic interest in the role of communication in cultural, interpersonal, and public contexts. For corporate communication professionals in areas such as public relations, marketing, human resources, investor relations, and media relations, the program will enhance strategic communication skills and have direct applicability to their working lives. For other students, the program is an end in itself; an opportunity to stretch the mind and gain a qualification which will enhance their current or future careers, or serve as preparation for advanced study at the doctoral level. The MA program welcomes applications from accomplished professionals and recent undergraduates who demonstrate excellent:

  • critical thinking
  • professional work experience
  • writing and presentation skills
  • intellectual curiosity
  • record of academic achievement
  • self-motivation

Applicants with experience in the corporate communication professions and/or significant educational training in communication, management, psychology, business, or other social sciences are given preference.

Graduate Assistantships

The MA in Communication program offers competitive-based graduate assistantships to full-time graduate students. The assistantship pays a stipend and tuition for 9 graduate-level credits each semester. Graduate assistants work in the program director’s office under the supervision of the program director.


Several competitive scholarships are available for students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the fields  of corporate communications, public relations, and/or advertising. Applications for the annual Alison Storipan Scholarship are accepted each Fall and funds are applied the following Spring semester. Applications for the Louis Tripodi Memorial Scholarship are accepted each Spring and dispersed during the subsequent Fall semester.

Students who are planning to register for 6 or more credits during their first semester of graduate study are also encouraged to apply for the University Provost's Scholarship Program for Graduate Study.



Dr. Kate Dunsmore
MA Program Director
Tel: 973-443-8460

Department of Communication Studies
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-ZN2-02
Madison, NJ 07940

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Office Location
Office 250