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What is Communication?

The field of communication promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. The discipline is interested in how audiences interpret symbolic meaning and the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of speech and language in context. Communication studies draw from humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry to investigate how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media.

As represented by the National Communication Association, the discipline is “Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication.” NCA “promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems” (

Teachers and scholars in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati focus on media, rhetoric, public communication, interpersonal, public relations, and organizational communication. Topics include media effects, health and environmental communication, risk and science, leadership and advocacy, social and personal identity, new media, politics, and more.

Career Possibilities


Non-profit management

Corporate Communication Specialist

Training and Employee Development

Higher Education – Student Affairs, Study Abroad

Public Affairs/Public Relations Officer

Market Research Manager/Focus Group Moderator

Development Officer (Non-profit fundraising)

Events Planning

Community Outreach Associate

Environmental Campaign Manager

Health Educator

Pharmaceutical Sales

Scientific and Technical Writing

Science Journalism

Environmental Mediator/Negotiator

Crisis Management

Political Advocacy

Political Campaigns


Dr. Heather Zoller Graduate Program Co-Director (513) 556-4468 McMicken 143


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Why UC?

  1.    Rated one of the best masters only Communication programs in the country
  2.    Small program means strong faculty- student relationships
  3.    Top scholar faculty in organizational, political, environmental, media, and health communication
  4.    Graduates are placed in top doctoral programs and exciting professional positions
  5.    Graduate Assistantships are available in teaching or research

Our two- year program includes:

  • 24 credit hours of course work, plus 9 credit hours of thesis/praxis project
  • 4 required courses in communication theory and research
  • Multiple options for electives that allow you to customize the program
  • The Master’s Thesis allows you to design and execute independent research
  • The Praxis Project allows you to apply room learning to professional experience
  • Strong mentorship through faculty advising

Special Programs

The Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati promotes knowledge of human communication through research, teaching, and service. We are located in an urban center within a large research university, which provides a dynamic context for connecting theory and practice.

Our award-winning faculty members share a distinctive focus on contemporary social problems. Research centers on understanding issues of voice, identity, public participation, and advocacy/leadership across communication contexts including interpersonal, organizational, political, organizational, rhetorical, environmental, health, and mediated communication.

Freshman Admission Requirements

A cover letter stating the desired term of admission and indication of full-time or part-time status along with description of academic goals Official academic transcripts Verified GRE

3 letters of recommendation


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Master of Arts Degree in Communication

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



Phone: 513-556-4468
Dr. Heahter Zoller, Graduate Program Director