Communication Management

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in the field of Communication Management. Communication management explores systematic planning, implementing, monitoring, and revising of communication messages and processes (including technology and networks) within and across organizations. The program is designed to meet the needs of a diverse pool of students with varying career aspirations in this growing field.

Understanding how people inform, influence, and persuade each other is central to the program’s curriculum. By applying theory to practical issues and research problems, students learn to envision and facilitate communication management strategies such as intergroup dialogues, communication campaigns and organizational interventions. Rigorous coursework enables students to build a solid foundation for assessing and enhancing communication management in intercultural, organizational, public, and health contexts. In addition, the program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option.

Students develop their problem-solving, strategic decision-making, and written and oral advocacy skills throughout the course of the program. In the end, graduates are well-equipped for communication management objectives including more effective leadership, better flow of essential communications, higher employee satisfaction, stronger brand recognition, and increased profits. The MA program also prepares students planning to continue to doctoral programs in communication and related disciplines, such as international affairs, organizational sciences and public health.

GW’s location in the heart of Washington DC also provides students with unique access to a wealth of government and media agencies, consulting firms and other notable organizations that enhance the graduate studies experience.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall - April 1 (February 1 for applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)
Spring - October 1

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction. 

Minimum score for the M.A. program are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 53

Recommendations required:

Two (2) letters of recommendation.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose: 

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

International applicants only: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday