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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.

Cierra Seid photoCierra Seid: Cierra is a first year student in the Master of Arts in Communication program and is interested in pursuing a career in social marketing or nonprofit public relations. As a graduate assistant for the Department of Communication, she maintains communication with current students and alumni through the MCOM Blog and outreach efforts. In addition, she develops and presents program information to prospective student at events, classroom presentations, and college fairs. 

Nia Strothers photoNia Strothers: Nia is in her first year of the Master of Arts in Communication program. After graduation she plans to teach on the college level. She is currently pursuing this passion as a teaching assistant for the Department of Communication. Every week, Nia teaches four lab sections of COMM 214D: Media in the Digital Age. She is also a marketing specialist for several small businesses in the Charleston area, specializing in increasing brand awareness though social media marketing. Nia is a cosmetologist by trade, and enjoys volunteering with the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program, through which she travels to hospitals in the Charleston area to facilitate make-up and wig classes for ladies undergoing chemo therapy.

Sara Burd photoSara Burd: Sara is a first year student in the Master of Arts in Communication program and is interested in pursuing a career in international event management after she graduates in May 2019. As a graduate assistant for the Communication department, she manages all social media accounts and works with Public Relations and Event Management. She enjoys working with professors and helping students navigate the department while she manages the front desk. 


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.