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Graduate Funding Opportunities

Graduate Assistantships

The Master of Arts in Communication program has 3.5 funded graduate assistant positions, awarded to high-performing students who show promise in research, teaching and leadership.  Two positions are specifically designed for students interested in working alongside faculty mentors in the undergraduate classroom while the other two positions play an important role in the Department of Communication assisting with everything from social media coordination, event management to office administration and program marketing. Our 2015-2016 graduate assistants are below.


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Alexandria Cottingham: Alexandria is in her first year of the Master of Arts in Communication program. After graduation she plans to work in higher education administration. She is currently pursuing this passion as a teaching assistant for the Department of Communication. Every week, Alex teaches three labs sections of 214D: Media in the Digital Age. Each section contains up to 20 undergraduate students she assists by facilitating discussion about media literacy as they study and reflect on the phenomenon of media convergence. She also serves as the Masters of Communication Student Association Treasurer. Finally, Alex has an internship with One Love Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on ending relationship abuse among young adults. This internship allows her to promote Team One Love at CofC as Campus Leader. 


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Brandy Francis: Brandy is in her second year in the Master of Arts in Communication program, and pursuing a career in Media Production Management. As a graduate assistant, she teaches four lab sections of 214D: Media in the Digital Age. The lab class consists of 20-25 undergraduate students each and focuses on promoting media literacy through classroom engagement. The discussion enables students to reflect on personal media usage, taking them from the classroom into the real world. Brandy also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the College of Charleston Office of Admissions.


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Jill Skipper: Jill is a second year student in the Master of Arts in Communication program, and is interested in pursuing a career in Marketing and Event Planning. As a graduate assistant for the Department of Communication, she manages the front desk and aids professors in their research. Jill also works as an Event Planning Intern for Charleston Wine + Food where she specifically works under the Beverage Talent Manager. 


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Stephenie Snow: Stephenie is a second year student in the Master of Arts in Communication program and is interested in pursuing a career in public relations & crisis management after she graduates in May 2017. As a graduate assistant for the Department of Communication, she manages the MCOM blog as well as the MCOM social media sites. Additionally, she develops and presents program information to prospective students and professional organizations and maintains relationships with the prospective students. She also assists faculty with various course related tasks, such as exam proctoring and assignment grading. Stephenie is continuing her internship with the Charleston Police Fund and the Charleston Illumination Project this fall.



Graduate Scholarships

The Graduate School at the University of Charleston, South Carolina provides a variety of scholarships to support MCOM students in their graduate experience. The following are scholarships that our high-performing graduate students can receive each semester to support their program of study.

Graduate Research Funding

In addition to the research funding available through the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association (GSA), MCOM students also have the opportunity to receive special funding to support both research and professional development activities. The Master of Arts in Communication Student Association (MCSA) provides research and professional development grants to those students with relevant and deserving project proposals. Individual grants from $250 to $500 are granted each semester from MCSA. In addition, made possible by a generous donation from the Golden Pearl Foundation, MCOM students can propose support for special projects or unique experiences for up to $600/year. Many students use MCSA and Golden Pearl Funds to cover the cost of travel to conferences, study abroad experiences or research project support.