Villanova’s Graduate Programs in Communication develop leaders capable of strategic and ethical thinking, speaking, writing and research on communication issues and problems, fostering critical competence and analytical rigor in the practice and study of communication. 

Our programs seamlessly integrate theory, research and practice in key areas of the Communication discipline. Valuing a diverse, dynamic learning community, we aim to provide one of the best Masters-level educational experiences in the country. Our MA curriculum exposes students to the breadth of the Communication discipline, while also offering opportunities for in-depth study in five certificate or specialization areas:

  • Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Journalism and New Media
  • Mediated Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations and Advertising


There are not many programs in which you can learn practices from media production and PR writing, to audience analysis and journalism, along with theoretical approaches to communication including organizational communication, rhetoric and performance studies. In addition, our hybrid on-campus and virtual learning formats maximize flexibility of learning environments and our exceptional quality of instruction. What does this all lead up to? Villanova is recognized as an Outstanding Master’s Degree Program award winner from the National Communication Association.

We are committed to an individualized student experience and our faculty are not only established scholars in their fields but also caring mentors who can help guide you to acceptance at top PhD programs or help start you on the path to any number of rewarding careers in the communication field.

Our hybrid curriculum provides a variety of on-campus and virtual learning formats to maximize flexibility of learning environments, as well as maintain quality of instruction. We offer online and in-person course options with creative use of time and place to maximize student opportunity both within and outside the classroom. 

At Villanova, you can choose the program that is right for you. You can pursue a graduate certificate independently or as a specialization within your master’s degree to enhance your graduate education and advance your career. Graduate Communication certificates are offered in:

  • Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Journalism and New Media
  • Mediated Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations and Advertising

Department of Communication
Garey Hall Room 28 Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.6434

Director:  Amy Way, PhD
Administrative Assistant:  Laura Capriotti




February 1: For admission with funding consideration

August 1: For admission without funding for the fall

December 1: For admission without funding for the spring

If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Amy Way to discuss your options.



Micki Burdick '18 MA

Passion for Social Change and Activism Drives Communication Master’s Student to Pursue Doctorate

Micki Burdick ’18 MA joined the Villanova University Master’s program in Communication with a passion for activism and aspirations to improve her writing and research skills. She is now pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at the University of Iowa. READ MORE