Department of Communication Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

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Master's and Graduate Certificates in Communication at a Top University

Villanova University in southeastern Pennsylvania offers a Master of Arts in Communication degree and pre- and post-master's graduate certificates in Communication.

Highly acclaimed Villanova has received a number 1 ranking by "US News and World Report" in the Best Universities -- Master's Category in the northern region for 20 years, as well as recognition from "Wired Magazine" as the number 1 wireless campus.

Two-track MA in Communication

The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication at Villanova University develops "critical competence and analytical rigor" through the integration of theory, research, and practice. The degree program provides 2 optional concentration tracks.

The strategic communication track emphasizes "strategic and ethical thinking and practice in research, writing, and speaking." Course offerings cover topics such as teambuilding and leadership, public relations, advertising, organizational research, and intercultural communication.

The media and culture track explores "the influence of messages on audiences and culture. " As a result, courses feature subjects such as mass media, journalism, media literacy, media production, and public opinion/attitude change. This track also offers practical courses in the production of mediated messages, the interpretation of media content, and the media industry.

Students may also choose to complete internships in the industry.

Master Degree Requirements

The master's degree in communications at Villanova requires at least 33 credit hours, which must include required courses in strategic communication theory and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Communications students must also take courses from 3 categories. Principles classes review the philosophical, ethical, and methodological issues that relate to the practice of communication. Practices classes discuss the application of these principles to the creation of messages. Contexts classes focus on the various "places, spaces, situations, and modalities" wherein communication takes place.

For the capstone project, graduate students have the option of completing a comprehensive written/oral examination plus at least 5 additional credits or a written master's thesis.

Graduate Certificates Offer Flexibility

Pre- and post-master's graduate certificate programs in communication at Villanova University allow students to pursue post-baccalaureate study in several flexible ways.

Because all the certificate program credits transfer to the master's program, program participants may pursue part-time study to earn graduate certificates while en-route to completing master's degrees. Students who already have master's degrees may pursue graduate certificates in order to demonstrate specializations in communication.

The certificate program offers certification in 5 areas: communication and critical/cultural studies, journalism and new media, mediated communication, organizational communication and leadership, and public relations and advertising.

As with the full master's program, coursework is required in strategic communication theory and qualitative and quantitative research methods, with the balance of classes to be taken in either strategic communication or media and culture.

Preparation for Many Career Paths

The program curriculum prepares students for careers in communication or academia.

The strategic communication track prepares students for corporate careers or doctoral study in public relations, organizational communication, corporate consulting, health communication, interpersonal communication, or intercultural communication.

The media and culture track prepares students for corporate careers or doctoral study in journalism, advertising, media research and analysis, media production, or cultural, media, and rhetorical studies.

Program graduates have pursued careers in public relations, advertising, corporate communications, journalism, human resources, and academia.

The Villanova Communication Alumni Network provides networking and mentoring opportunities, as well as employment leads through its active chapters in major cities such as Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Diverse Faculty Expertise

The expertise and interests of communication's faculty members at Villanova University cover the spectrum of scholarship. For example, Dr. Emory Woodard researches the regulatory, technological, developmental, psychological, and social forces that affect children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and African-Americans.

Dr. Teresa Nance is an expert in the areas of impression management, professional voice and diction, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, interpersonal communication, and listening and conversation skills.

Looking at communication from another angle is Dr. Heidi Rose, whose interests include deaf culture; performance ethnography; auto ethnography; performance, culture, and identity; and performance and advocacy.

Conference Participation

Both faculty members and graduate students in communication participate in conferences held by organizations such as the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and the International Communication Association. Travel stipends are provided for participants with accepted papers or who serve as panelists.

Focus on Communication and Social Change

Villanova established the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, housed within the Department of Communication. The institute provides student programming (such as internships at the Vatican), research, and conferences that explore the relationship between communication and social change. A recent symposium was entitled "The Challenge of Communicating Truth."

Convenient Metro Location

Villanova University is a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, located 12 miles from Philadelphia in the western suburb of Villanova, Pennsylvania. There are two train stops on the campus which make it very convenient for those living in and around center city Philadelphia to get to campus.

Location & Contact

Department of Communication

Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
United States

Dr. Gordon Coonfield

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 610-519-7754

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Communication Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 15
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 18
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


85% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 28
    • Accepted 24
    • Acceptance Rate 85
    • Enrolled 12
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE or GMAT, minimum GPA of 3.0, writing sample, and statement of goals, 3 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Part-time Percentage45%
    • Full-time Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian74%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races11%
    • Unknown-2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty6
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%




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