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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.


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