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Graduate Programs in Communication Studies

At the graduate level, The Department of Communication Studies offers the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies. The graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies is well-known, at the regional, national, and international level, for accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.

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M.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication

The M.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication is an online graduate program aimed at career-oriented individuals looking to further their career. The program is designed to be completed in two years.

Online M.A. Program Details

M.A. in Theory and Research

The M.A. program in Communication Studies is intended to qualify the student to assume a variety of professional roles in educational, industrial, and government institutions; teach the subject matter at the college level; or undertake advanced training toward a doctorate in Communication Studies. The program is designed to be completed in one academic year – Fall, Spring and the immediate Summer semester – and students accepted into the program typically receive a graduate teaching assistantship for their one year of study.

On-Campus M.A. Program Details

Ph.D. in Communication Studies

The Ph.D. program in Communication Studies is intended to qualify the student to teach and conduct research in instructional communication, interpersonal communication, or organizational communication at the University level, along with other research emphases. The program is designed to be completed within three academic years – Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters – and is aimed at preparing students for top-level jobs within the field of Communication Studies.

Ph.D. Program Details

Graduate Student Handbook

Many of the questions and important forms that prospective and current graduate students need can be found in the Department of Communication Studies Graduate Student Handbook. In addition to the Handbook, students are encouraged to review the policies and procedures outlined in the Graduate Catalog published by WVU.


Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application