Master of Science in Communication Studies




The Master of Science in Communications (MSC) program is an interdisciplinary professional program. It is designed for career-oriented individuals who want to advance in their chosen fields or to move from their undergraduate programs to competitive job markets. Students choose a minimum of two electives from at least two of the following emphasis areas:

The MSC program’s rigorous coverage of communication theory and methodology also provides a strong foundation for those intending to pursue doctoral studies.

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Additional Information

  • Completion of the GRE with scores submitted to EWU
    • The verbal section score will be given special consideration
    • Note: this requirement is waived for the 2019-2020 school year
  • MSC director’s recommendation for admission, based on an interview with the applicant
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course (prior to taking the program’s research methods sequence)

Based on your credentials and entrance requirements, you may be asked to take some classes in addition to the courses in the program in order to correct deficiencies.

  1. Complete the EWU Graduate Studies application
  2. Arrange to have your official transcripts sent to EWU Graduate Studies
  3. Submit the following directly to the MSC office:
    1. Essay of approximately 1,000 words describing your background and goals, and how you perceive the program as helping to actualize these goals
    2. Resumé
    3. Two letters of recommendation

The Master of Science in Communications program accepts applicants throughout the academic year. In order to be admitted for a particular quarter, please have your admissions completed one month before that quarter begins.

Current costs for the program can be found on the University’s tuition and fees page. The cost of books and supplies will vary from course to course.

Grad school can be expensive. However, there are several options available to help you pay for school:

  • Graduate Service Appointments
    • The MSC program currently has six Graduate Service Appointment (GTA) positions. Each recipient of a GSA is required to teach one section of CMST 200, Introduction to Speech Communication (12 hours per week allotted) as well as fulfill an additional 8 hours per week conducting professional development activities. GSAs receive a stipend and an in-state tuition waiver that cover most of resident tuition costs.
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid
    • University scholarships are available for graduate students, including the Weber-Riemcke-Schreiner Scholarship and the Alumni Foundation Scholarship. For more information, visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship page.

Almost all classes associated with the MSC program are scheduled at the EWU Spokane campus, giving working professionals convenient access to our evening and weekend classes. The Spokane campus has a computer lab, its own library, and its own fitness center. Students also have access to Cheney facilities such as the University Recreation Center and JFK Library.

The MSC program’s office is located on Eastern’s Cheney campus in the Communications Building (room 229c).

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299C Communications Building