Earn your M.A./M.S. in Communication

The School of Communication at Oregon State University is now accepting applications for its new M.A./M.S. program in Communication.

Our program matches the discipline’s best traditions with cutting-edge approaches to technology and culture. Students can specialize in areas like Environmental Communication, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Media Studies, and Rhetoric.

We stress theoretical and methodological diversity, allowing students to explore qualitative, quantitative, and critical approaches to Communication research. We also offer generous teaching assistantships and fellowships to admitted students.


OSU’s M.A./M.S. program in Communication offers excellent opportunities for our students to fund their graduate study. We offer two main sources of financial support: 

  1. Select applicants will be offered a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), which provides a full tuition remission scholarship, a stipend of approximately $16,000 per year, and generous health insurance benefits. GTAs lead discussions, deliver lectures, grade papers, and conduct other teaching activities under the supervision of a course director. 
  2. Applicants are also considered for Oregon State Provost Fellowships, which cover all tuition expenses and provide approximately a $24,000 stipend during the first year. All Provost Fellows then receive a standard GTA contract in their second year. We also nominate strong applicants for university-wide Graduate Scholarships. 

In addition to tuition remission, all graduate students have the option to receive 89% coverage of health insurance costs for themselves and their dependents. 

Distinguished Faculty

As members of a Carnegie-recognized R1 university, faculty in the School of Communication produce high-impact and cutting-edge scholarship across the interdisciplinary fields of New Media and Communication Studies. From cultural analytics, crisis communication, surveillance studies, and virtual world design, to intercultural communication, family and health communication, rhetorical theory, environmental communication, and pop culture, OSU’s Communication research is actively shaping the field.

OSU’s Communication faculty publish their research in the many of the discipline’s best journals, and their books appear in a variety of top academic presses. Members of the faculty also lead the field by serving as editors at journals like the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and Surveillance & Society. Working closely with OSU’s distinguished faculty, graduate students learn how to conduct innovative research that impacts the field and our world.

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The M.A./M.S. in Communication requires 45 total credit hours of study.

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Student Perspective

"I never ever thought that there could be an academic division that could ever be this caring, friendly, authentic, and encouraging as the faculty in School of Communication. It honestly feels like a Comm-family.

The faculty want to see you succeed and support the research that interests you."

- Max Campbell, M.S. candidate (Expected '24)

Ready to Apply?

Review our Graduate Admissions Guide.


Josh Reeves

Associate Professor, School of Communication
Director, M.A./M.S. in Communication