Communication MA

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College : Sciences Degree :MA
Department : Nicholson School of Communication Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Master of Arts in Communication offers tracks in Interpersonal Communication and Mass Communication. The curriculum focuses on theoretical and applied perspectives of communication theory and research.


All students must select either the Interpersonal Communication or Mass Communication track. To select or change a track, students should consult the graduate program director at the Nicholson School of Communication.

Total Credit Hours Required:
33-34 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Application requirements for either track are the same, but applicants must choose a specific track for admission consideration.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


The majority of financial assistance provided by the Nicholson School of Communication graduate program is granted through assistantships. Preference will be given to applicants who complete their application for admission prior to the January 15th priority deadline. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure they have a complete application on file by the priority deadline. Applicants who have complete applications on file by the priority deadline will be e-mailed a separate application for assistantship. Current Communication MA degree-seeking students will also be given the opportunity to apply for assistantships at that time. Students on assistantship are paid a stipend, receive tuition support, and are eligible for health insurance. For general information regarding assistantships at UCF, refer to the Assistantships ( section of the Graduate Students website.

The Nicholson School of Communication offers primarily two types of assistantships: 

  • Graduate Teaching Assistants are assigned to work with faculty members and assist them with their teaching responsibilities. This includes assisting with large lecture classes, grading exams, compiling information for lectures, and working with students, as instructed, to help keep a class operating smoothly.
  • Graduate Teaching Associates are graduate students who, after completing eighteen hours of their graduate program of study and the required university and department training, are assigned to teach their own sections of undergraduate courses. Typically, Graduate Teaching Associates teach SPC 1608 (Fundamentals of Oral Communication) or SPC 1603 (Fundamentals of Technical Presentation).