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Why Get Your Master's in Communication Studies?

Which door will you open with your master’s degree in communication studies? You definitely have options.



One door could lead you to a great career in organizational communication or maybe as a trainer or development specialist. Alumni of the program have worked in variety of fields and positions. To see a full listing of alumni positions, check out our Alumni Career Positions.

  • Higher education: Instructor at Clemson University, Assistant Director of Admission at Ball State University, Director of Enrollment at Harrison College, Director of Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at University of Illinois 
  • Training and development: Training and Communications Coordinator at Farm Bureau Insurance, Regional Training manager at JPMorgan Chase, Senior Coordinator of Leadership Training at Kohl’s, Staff Development Instructor at Hancock Regional Hospital  
  • Sales, marketing, and public relations: Chief Communications Officer at theClassConnection.com, Communications Manager at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Social Strategy Planner at Home Depot 
  • Non-profit: Associate pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Coordinator of Outreach programs at Indiana Academy, Member Recruiter at Girl Scouts, Income Development Representative at American Cancer Society
  • Government: Regional Coordinator for State of Indiana, Development Specialist at Indiana Department of Commerce
  • Healthcare: Outreach and Education Assistant Manager at StrategicHealthSolutions, Healthcare Recruiter at Cardinal Health Systems, Inc., Service Excellence Program Developer and Trainer at IU Health Physicians
  • Technology and the arts: Director of web hosting at LDiscovery, Program Director for Rome Area Council for the Arts, Technology Consultant at KIVA Corporation
  • Business: Senior Infrastructure Architect at Undisclosed, Sourcing specialist at WilsonHCG, Senior instructional designer at Enogex, Human resources director at Starbucks Coffee Company, Regional implantation manager at Systems Consultants, Inc., Relationship manager at BB&T
Another door might lead toward a teaching career in communications—and perhaps a doctorate. Alumni of the program have entered a number of doctorate programs across the country.

 Doc Program Map

Wayne State University • Michigan State University • Ohio University • Bowling Green State University • University of Kentucky • West Virginia University • Penn State University • Indiana University • Purdue University • University of Illinois • University of Memphis • University of Miami • University of Iowa • University of South Florida • University of Nebraska • University of Missouri • University of Oklahoma • University of Texas • Texas AM University • Syracuse University • Boston University • Georgia State University • Louisiana State University • Southern Illinois University

As with the undergraduate degree in communication studies, your graduate-level work will include plenty of hands-on learning. For example, you’ll have the option to pursue a professional internship that will help you hone your skills in the real world while meeting people who might be important to your career.



You also might have the possibility of furthering your own communication and teaching skills by accepting a graduate assistantship (which, incidentally, also will help you pay for college).



As you pursue your graduate studies, you’ll appreciate our state-of-the-art facility, the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, which sits on a vibrant campus. Find out more by reading the graduate catalog for communication studies.