Designed to work for your needs, our online master's in Communication has three separate
tracks to fit your career or educational path.
Created for professionals looking to advance in their career, you'll learn the specific
communication methods industries are looking for and the theory behind them, as you
develop the expertise needed to stand-out in your field. In the professional track
of the the Communication (M.A.) program, you'll continue to hone your skills in areas
such as social data analytics, interpersonal and organizational communication, science
communication, international communication practices, and much more.
In addition, earning your graduate communication degree has never been easier. Our
100% online communication professional track can be completed at any hour of the day
(or night). You never have to come to campus.
If you are considering a career in higher education or research, the Ph.D. track is
designed to allow you to earn a non-thesis master's in communication on your way to
earning your Ph.D. If you have a bachelor's degree already, you can start on this
track by learning more about and applying directly to our Communication Ph.D. program.
Accelerated 4+1 Track
Meant for incoming and current undergraduate students, the accelerated 4+1 track allows
you to earn a B.A. and M.A. in Communication at the same time. In this track, you'll
accelerate your educational journey while receiving expert instruction from the largest
and most respected communication program in North Dakota.
A Communication degree gives you highly marketable communication skills you need for
just about any career, including:
Print and digital journalism
Master's in Communication Alumni
Communication alumni from the University of North Dakota have gone on to a variety
of successful careers, including:
Social Media Manager of the National Hockey League
Print and broadcast journalists across the United States
Press secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior
Founders of public relations and advertising firms
Online Master's in Communication Courses
COMM 522. Data Mining & Analytics for Communication Professionals. 3 Credits.
This course introduces you to the emerging study of data mining as it applies to communication-related questions. The goal of the course is to introduce you to state-of-the-art techniques to extract useful information from large amounts of data and communicate findings and implications to diverse audiences in plain language. F.
COMM 523. Social Network Analysis & Visualization. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to introduce you to the theory, methods, and procedures of network analysis with emphasis on applications to communication and social behavior. The goal of the course is to provide a working knowledge of the concepts and methods used to describe and analyze social networks so that you can apply it to important questions in your profession. S.
COMM 540. Communication and Organizations. 3 Credits.
Examines the general communication processes and dynamics within and among organizations and explores the dynamics in network organizations, with a particular focus on communication in interpersonal groups and inter-organizational working teams. Theories of power and politics in and among organizations, as well as of decision-making, conflict management, and strategic communication are explored.
COMM 525. Interpersonal Relations and Communication. 3 Credits.
Face-to-face and mediated transactions between two people or people in small groups in diverse settings. Deals with inquiry, conflict management, interpersonal sensitivity, individuality, and conformity.
COMM 529. Science Communication. 3 Credits.
This combines findings from research into information processing with best practices in media production to build student competency in communicating about science, scientific discoveries and the scientific process to general audiences through various media, as well as more specific audiences, such as funding organizations and policymakers. SS.
COMM 549. Information Communication Technologies. 3 Credits.
This course examines how technological changes in communication and media influence how information is generated, distributed, and communicated. The course addresses the interaction of communication technologies with individuals, communities, economies, and cultures. It focuses on aspects of technological change, new patterns of global connectedness, and their implications for the new global media environment. On demand.
UND is one of the most affordable online colleges in the region. For this master's
program, we offer the same online tuition rates regardless of your legal residency. Compare and you’ll see UND is lower cost than
similar four-year doctoral universities.
Flexible Online Master's in Communication Courses
With asynchronous classes, you do not attend class at a set time. If you need to balance
work, family, and other commitments, this flexible format allows you to learn anywhere
at any time.
Depending on your instructor, you’ll learn online through:
Streaming video content
There will be times when you interact with your instructor and classmates through
online discussion boards, polls, and chat rooms.
Your learning revolves around materials that can be accessed on your own time within
a set time frame. However, this is not a self-paced course. You’ll have structure
Top-Tier Online Communication Master's Program
No matter how you customize your online experience, you’ll get the same top-quality
education as any other on-campus student.
Same degree. All online programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Your transcript and diploma are exactly the same as our on-campus students.
Same classes. You’ll take courses from UND professors, start and end the semesters at the same time
and take the same classes as a student on campus.
Real interaction. You can ask questions, get feedback and regularly connect with your professors, peers
and professionals in the field.
Your own academic advisor. As an invaluable go-to, they’re focused on you, your personal success and your future
Free online tutoring. We're here to help you one-on-one at no cost. Plus, get access to a variety of self-help
online study resources.
Unlimited academic coaching. Need support to achieve your academic goals or feeling stumped by a tough course?
We'll help with everything from stress and time management to improving your memory
to achieve higher test scores.
Full online access. Dig into virtual research from the Chester Fritz Library. Improve your writing skills
with online help from the UND Writing Center. Get online access to career services,
veteran and military services, financial services and more.
24/7 technical support. UND provides free computer, email and other technical support for all online students.
Best Online College
Reportedly high alumni salaries and job placement rates, coupled with affordable online
tuition rates make UND a best-value university for online education. UND's breadth
of online programs rivals all other non-profit universities in the upper Midwest making
UND one of the best online schools in the region.
UND ranks among the best online colleges in the nation for:
Student satisfaction (retention rate)
Academic quality (4-year graduate rate)
Student outcomes (20-year return on investment per Paysacle.com)
Leaders that Do
Students at UND take chances, seek challenges and become leaders in the community.
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