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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Communication

The Master of Arts in Communication (MCOM) produces graduates who are well educated in communication, liberal arts and humanities, and the social sciences. Designed to deliver an understanding of communication theory, the ability to conduct basic and applied research, the capacity for critical thinking about communication problems, and the competencies required as a professional communicator, teacher or scholar, the MCOM program provides students the cognitive, research, and professional skills required of leaders in a constantly changing and challenging information era.

We have an eclectic and engaged group of graduate faculty committed to sharing their experience and insight with their students. Striving for a collaborative experience between student and the faculty, we have established a number of successful learning initiatives, including creative independent-study projects and communication pedagogy experiences. The graduate program also has a chapter of the College of Charleston Graduate Student Association.

In recent years, our students have presented research at national academic conferences, landed internships with top communication agencies, supervised undergraduates (through paid assistantships) in the classroom, and worked for campus offices ranging from Student Media to Institutional Advancement.  Many of our graduates have received funded assistantships in top doctoral programs in communication. Also, recent graduates have landed significant positions in corporate and agency settings.  For example, members of our recent graduating classes received positions at IBM, Forbes, Ketchum, Rawle Murdy, and Le Creuset.

The Department of Communication has 3.5 funded graduate assistant positions, awarded to high-performing students who show promise in research and teaching as well as leadership skills.  Two positions are specifically designed for teaching/research assistance that allow students to work with a faculty mentor.  

Applications for Fall due March 1

For more information

Amanda Ruth-McSwain
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
9 College Way, Room 110
E-mail: ruthmcswaina@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5783
Fax: 843.953.7037

Graduate School Office
The Graduate School of the College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424-0001
E-mail: gradsch@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5614

Mailing Address
College of Charleston
Department of Communication
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424-0001