The graduate program in Communication Studies at Kansas State is for those students who seek transformation. The program aims to improve society through research and teaching; engage constructively with our partners to build healthier relationships, politics and workplaces; and help students develop expertise for people-centered professions, including teaching, coaching and continued advanced studies.
Our research-intensive MA program is distinguished by small seminars in theory, methods, and special topics that cover the critical conversations in Communication Studies; faculty-student research collaboration; and teaching and coaching experience through assistantships.
Learn the research, writing, and advocacy skills you need to make positive change wherever you are now and wherever you will go.
We’re here to help students prepare for whatever’s next, whether that’s advocacy and community engagement or industry professional development.
Comm for Everyone
New to Communication Studies? No problem! We are a flexible degree program to suit your interests and goals.
Expert, Innovative Faculty
Work closely with award-winning faculty while teaching, coaching or doing field research.
Find the Right Fit?
“I am so grateful for my advisor and other faculty mentors at K-State who helped me find the right Ph.D. program and connected me with the right people in the discipline when I was a master's student.” — DJ Woo
The A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication invites applications for assistantships in the M.A. degree program. Assistantships come with a tuition waiver and modest stipend and are awarded competitively.
Graduate assistants (GTAs) serve as the instructor of record for six credit hours of the department’s basic communication course each semester. Students may also apply to serve as speech or debate assistant coaches.
The School takes seriously its mission to prepare graduate students for teaching and coaching success. Assistants serve as the teacher of record for their sections while learning how to teach in a collaborative, intentional, and supportive environment. This opportunity provides valuable experience for those interested in teaching, coaching, or business careers, as well as those continuing to doctoral programs.
GTAs may enroll in up to 10 hours tuition-free in the fall and spring semesters. GTAs must pay for their books, fees, and living expenses.
2) Ask three references to write letters supporting your application. Letters should speak to your academic record and potential. At least two of the letters should come from academic backgrounds--faculty members, teachers, or instructors with whom you have worked in a scholastic context. You will submit references’ email addresses but not their letters with your application.
3) Gather unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions that you have attended.
4) Choose a writing sample showcasing your best work, such as a report, essay, or class paper. The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to use evidence to support your ideas. Non-academic essays written for your career or avocation, such as a white paper or blog post, are perfectly acceptable if they demonstrate your critical thinking and research skills.
5) Be prepared to include your resume with your application.
6) Write a 1,000-word personal statement, explaining your scholarly interests, reasons for applying to our program, and career goals. Please indicate which faculty members’ research is most relevant to your interests. Ask a mentor to offer suggestions on your essay before applying.
7) International applicants, please refer to the Graduate School website for additional required documents, including financial affidavit and language test scores.