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M.A. in Instructional Communication


Our M.A. in Instructional Communication is an off-campus graduate program designed for the professional educator who is employed full-time in the education setting (e.g., teacher, school administrator, education specialist). It is a non-thesis program for the individual who wishes to apply the principles of communication to teaching academic disciplines other than communication; the program is not intended to certify speech teachers. Literally thousands of West Virginia teachers have successfully completed this program in the last 30 years.

Courses and Locations

Courses in the M.A. in Instructional Communication are taught in Charleston.

Instructional MA Schedule Summer-Fall 2014 Instructional M.A. Required Textbooks List for Summer-Fall 2014

Program Requirements

To graduate with the M.A. degree in Instructional Communication, students must complete 36 hours of coursework and pass a comprehensive exam. Of the 36 hours, 30 of the hours must be completed in the Department. All 36 hours of coursework may be taken in Communication Studies, but students may be able to transfer in 6 credits from another accredited program or university.

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In addition, no courses for which a student earns a grade below B- can be counted toward the 36 hours. An overall Grade Point Average of 3.00 is required for graduation. Students who receive more than 6 hours below B- may not be permitted to remain in the program.

Instructional MA FAQ

For additional information, please contact Dr. Scott Myers, Coordinator of the MA in Instructional Communication program.

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Get to Know our Mentors

Over 90 WVU Communication Studies Alumni mentors in over 30 fields, 15 states, and at least three countries have volunteered to help students bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world experience. Through this program, students have learned options available for COMM majors, how to break in to various industries, and how to professionally network. Now with Seelio, you can read their stories online!

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Academic Advising

Below is a list of Pre-Registration Dates for Spring 2015.

November 3 – Seniors (89+hours)
November 5 – Juniors (59-88 hours)
November 7 – Sophomores (29-58 hours)
November 10 – Freshman (0-28 hours)

If you need to see an advisor for any registration issues please email:

Dr. Andrea Weber –
Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –

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