Communications Degree at George Mason University (Mason)

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Communications Degree

The communications program at George Mason University prepares the student to enter the fields of advertising, marketing, organizational communication, public relations, publishing, human resources, law, criminal justice, politics, public administration, and more. The program focuses on the scientific, humanistic, and critical study of human communication in a variety of formats, media, and contexts. Program courses include: intercultural communication, speaking and listening, verbal and nonverbal interaction, rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation and persuasion, technologically mediated communication, and popular culture. Get more details below including other Virginia colleges that offer communications degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Communications Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Mason offers a master's degree program in communications.

Students by Gender (2015)

 Graduates
Male7
Female16

Students by Race (2015)

 Graduates
Asian1
Hispanic3
White15
Multiple Races2
Unknown2

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Communications program at George Mason University, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

Description

Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Radio and Television Announcers

Description

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Public Address System and Other Announcers

Description

Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, public address system and other announcers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 2.9% from 2014 to 2024

Salary & Wages

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
    • Total Employment: 50
    • Average Hourly Rate: $29.64
    • Average Annual Salary: $61640

Public Relations Specialists

Description

Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, public relations specialists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 6.2% from 2014 to 2024

Salary & Wages

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
    • Total Employment: 18
    • Average Hourly Rate: $46.20
    • Average Annual Salary: $96090

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Communications Programs in Virginia

Communications programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 11 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 360 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B,M)

Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Longwood University

Farmville, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 58 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 130 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 34 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 150 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communication, General (B,M)
  • Communications (B,M)

Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 18 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 130 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B,M,D)

Hollins University

Roanoke, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs

  • Communications (B)

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
68.87%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
71%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
16:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
50

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$7,093