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Master of Arts in Communication Program Details

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Communication Program provides a generalist approach to communication theory and literature. The program goals and outcomes include teaching students to lead and communicate effectively in the global workplace; training students to create effective communication programs within the private, nonprofit, and public sectors; and cultivating the ability to utilize media effectively and communicate ethically in a culturally diverse work environment.

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. The cohort program is 30 hours with students taking 6 hours a semester for 5 semesters. Students have an option to take either 3 hours per semester or 6 hours. The cost for tuition is $19,200. There is a $35.00 course fee per class. Books and classroom supplies are additional expenses.

Requirements for Admission

Please submit the following:

  1. Completed application.
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $40 (unless a BU alumna/e).
  3. Personal statement: Please write a one page (typed) statement about your goals in pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication. This statement is used to assess your writing skills.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (included in packet). Recommendations from persons able to evaluate either academic or professional potential are the most valuable.
  5. Current Resume
  6. Students are encouraged to submit GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores, but it is not required for conditional admission.
  7. If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States, or English is your second language, you will be required to submit an official TOEFLiBT (internet-based test) score and receive a total score of 80 or higher. We will also consider an equivalent score on the IELTS or MELAB tests. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL score from any applicant.
  8. 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.”
  9. If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation. The following organizations offer this service and information regarding processes and fees are available at:, and The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s). 
  10. Mail information to:Graduate Admission, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205.

International Student Requirements

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

U.S. law requires financial statements from a bank or other financial institution certifying the student’s ability to fund the cost of attendance for one academic year minus the amount of any scholarship dollars received. Figures should be in U.S. dollars and must be certified as an official document by the bank or financial institution. A sponsor may be used if the sponsor attaches a signed affidavit stating that he/she will financially support the student until completion of a degree at Bellarmine University. If a sponsor is used, the sponsor’s bank statement should accompany the letter. The updated amount for the MAC program as a full-time student is $45,617.  A part-time student would need to show $37,737 This amount includes tuition and fees associated with the program and an average cost for living expenses, books, supplies, health insurance, transportation and personal expenses.

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

Master of Communication Cost

Graduate Tuition Rates

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid, click here.

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