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Graduate Studies in Communication Receives National Award Recognition


Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University’s graduate program in Communication was honored by the National Communication Association (NCA) at their 101st Convention on November 19-22, 2015. The Master’s in Communication program received the 2015 Outstanding Master’s Degree Program Award which is a competitively selected award by the Master’s Education Division of the NCA.

Founded in 1914, NCA advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. 

The Department of Communication’s Graduate Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is designed to seamlessly integrate theory, research and practice in key areas of the discipline. Students can take courses in Leadership Communication, Strategic Public Relations, Journalism, Media Production and Public Opinion and more. Classes are taught by national and internationally recognized faculty. The Program is directed by Heidi Rose, PhD, associate professor, Communication, who recently received the 2015 Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies from the NCA.

Villanova’s Master’s of Communication is committed to offering small classes in which students can interact with faculty in a supportive, student-centered learning environment. It values a diverse, dynamic community committed to participating in an ongoing conversation about the role of communication in creating and maintaining a just society.

In addition to offering a Master’s of Communication degree, the Program offers graduate certificates in Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, Mediated Communication, Organizational Communication and Leadership, and Public Relations and Advertising.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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Jennifer Schu

Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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