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What You Learn

You gain an understanding of communication theory and best practices.

  • Study organizational culture and corporate communication strategy that translates in the business world
  • Explore interpretive and quantitative research methods
  • Evaluate communication strategies in popular culture
  • Choose electives in journalism, advertising and public relations

At the end of your master's degree program, you have the option of either writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive exam.

Application Deadlines:

For M.A. program:

Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

For Certificate programs:

Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Wenli Yuan
Room: CAS-426
Tel: 908-737-0471

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

M.A. in Communication Studies

Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Communication

Provides both the highest level of skill development in conflict resolution methods and the communication skills required to successfully apply these methods.

Certificate in Leadership and Communication

Provides the highest level of skill development in communication and leadership.

Certificate in Public Relations and Journalism

The only program of its kind in New Jersey, this certificate enables you to earn graduate credit for these courses or complete four courses and receive a certificate in public relations and journalism.


Kean Communication Studies graduate students succeed in a variety of career paths. Some of these are:

  • Public relations professional
  • Professor
  • Writer 
  • Editor
  • Social media company professional
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Reporter
  • Researcher

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean we believe learning and job growth extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities available to you, study abroad and pursue internships that will advance your career or set the stage for another advanced degree.

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