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Master of Arts in Communication Program Details

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Communication Program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the field of communication through experience and coursework. The knowledge gained from this program allows students to become familiar with the practical application of communication theories. Students consider the ethical and legal issues related to communication in diverse environments, and will become more critical media participants. This program’s combination of experience, course work, and knowledge prepares students to handle real-world communication challenges within and outside the workplace.

Students study digital media, ethical communication in a culturally diverse workplace, media convergence and its impact on the workplace, and strategies for utilizing media more effectively. The curriculum includes 21 hours of required courses with options for the remaining 9 hours to complete the degree. Of the remaining 9 hours, students will take 3 Topics courses or take a combination of a Topics course, thesis and/or an independent study. Topics courses will vary by semester and the specialty of the faculty member instructing the course.

Program Admission Requirements

Please submit the following:

  1. Completed application.
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $40 (unless a BU alumna/e).
  3. Professional/academic writing sample: This could include a term paper, press release, published story (nonfiction), digital portfolio, grant application, etc.
  4. A 500-750 word, double-spaced essay response (references not required) to one of the following writing prompts:
    • Explain how the study of intercultural communication enables an individual to navigate a globally diverse workplace and world
    • Define how professional and personal communication should be evaluated from both ethical and legal perspectives
    • Explain how understanding the creation, dissemination and significance of different forms of media enables an individual to analyze media’s role in culture and society
  5. Two letters of recommendation (included in packet). Recommendations from persons able to evaluate either academic or professional potential are the most valuable.
  6. Current Resume
  7. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission and not be marked “Issued to Student.” If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy to be evaluated by the Bellarmine International Programs Office. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
  8. Mail information to: Graduate Admission, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 502.272.7200 or

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to request all official transcripts and test scores. Official transcripts and test scores are mailed directly from the institution to Bellarmine University and should not be marked issued to student or addressed to the student.

International Student Requirements

Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:

Language Proficiency. All students are expected to have appropriate English-language proficiency to be admitted to the university. The language proficiency is required to ensure students are adequately prepared and well positioned to succeed.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide a financial affidavit certifying the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. Figures must be expressed in United States currency.

All applications and correspondence relevant to admission should be directed to:

Office Location:
Office of Graduate Admission
Allen Hall, 4th Floor

Mailing Address:
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

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