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Master of Arts in Communication

The Master of Arts in Communication Program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the field of communication through hands-on experiences, small group analysis and applied coursework. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and a small student-to-faculty ratio, the MAC program prepares students for careers and advancement in the vibrant field of communication. Our courses are taught by full-time faculty members who blend class work and discussion with real-world application and field experiences, to create an optimal learning environment that teaches to the future of this dynamic industry. Students will apply communication theory to contemporary organizational and social issues, and they’ll explore ethical and legal issues related to communication across all media. If you want to study in an industry that is changing the way the world works, then check out Bellarmine’s Master of Arts in Communication!

The Master of Arts in Communication curriculum includes 21 hours of required courses with options for the remaining 9 hours to complete the 30-credit hour degree. Of the remaining 9 hours, students may choose 3 topics courses or a combination of topics courses, a thesis, an internship practicum or an independent study (upon approval of the Dean). Students may also apply for professional portfolio credit or transfer credit from other accredited universities.

Visit our Graduate Tuition Rates for the most up-to-date tuition information. Books and classroom supplies are additional expenses.

The Master of Arts in Communication program is designed to accommodate both full-time students and working professionals. Full-time students will enroll in the fall term and take four courses in the fall and spring terms, followed by two courses over the summer. Part-time students may enroll in the spring or fall terms, and will take one or two courses per term until they've completed the 10-course program.

At Bellarmine University, we value real-world experience and applied problem-solving. As a result, we require students in the program to gain practical experience via projects and/or professional work experience.

Program Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the Master of Arts in Communication are:

  1. Students will demonstrate through critical thinking, the application of media, culture and communication in a global and diverse workplace.
  2. Students will solve communication questions from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.
  3. Students will evaluate communication issues from multiple ethical and legal perspectives.

It is expected that all Masters students in the School of Communication are aware of the program’s Academic Honesty Policy, which appears on each syllabus and is also located here.

Early Entry Dual Enrollment

This program offers an opportunity for all undergraduate students to complete their undergraduate degree (BA or BS degree) along with a Master of Arts in Communication in four and a half to five years. Students who meet admission requirements (grade point average of at least 3.2 and pre-requisite scores of B or higher in PHIL 101 and MATH 200 or 205) may be admitted to the MAC program in the second semester of their junior year and begin taking graduate-level classes at the beginning of their senior year. The MAC courses take the place of up to 12 credits of undergraduate free, unrestricted, elective credits.

Health Care Concentration

Concentrations are not required for the Master of Arts in Communication. However, students can elect to complete a Health Communication Concentration in MAC by choosing three elective courses below:

  • HLTH 602 Communication & Technology in Health – every spring
  • HTLH 631 Health Behavior Theory – every summer or fall
  • HLTH 635 Designing & Planning Health Promotion Programs – every fall
  • HLTH 637 Program Evaluation & Statistics – every spring
  • COMM 644 Internship (Healthcare Comm focus)

Tuition and Fees

The Masters in Communication is a 10-course, 30 credit hour program that can be completed as a full-time or part-time student.

VIsit our Graduate Tuition Rates for the most up-to-date tuition and fees information. Books and classroom supplies are additional expenses.

Funding Assistance

As a degree seeking student in the MAC program, students should be eligible for federally supported forms of student aid. Financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at Bellarmine University ( or 502.272.7300).


Office of Graduate Admission

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