M.A. in Contemporary Communication

How the world communicates is changing. Get the knowledge you need to master new communication approaches and develop your skills in new media and entrepreneurial communication with the online Master of Arts in Contemporary Communication from Notre Dame of Maryland University. You’ll learn how to apply critical analysis, creative insights and technological competence in your current career, and be prepared for emerging positions in social media development, public relations, organizational communication, and communication management.

  • 100% online
  • Faculty with experience in new media and communication
  • Rolling admission and multiple start dates

Potential Careers

  • Web communication manager
  • Social media communication manager
  • Strategic communication manager for public relation
  • Digital marketing coordinator


Contemporary Communication Courses (6 Credits)
  • IDS-510 Approaches to Contemporary Communication (3)
  • CST-515 Technology in Contemporary Communication (3)
Discipline Requirements (30 Credits)

In addition to the required courses, students take 30 credits, including at least 18 credits in any combination of CST and COM courses. The remaining credits may be taken in any combination of ENG, PHL, ART, COM, CST and IDS from the list below.


  • ART-509 Graduate Photography Workshop (3)
  • ART-520 Visual Culture (3)

Communication Arts

  • COM-505 Business Communication (3)
  • COM-507 Film Themes (3)
  • COM-509 Media Criticism and Theory (3)
  • COM-511 Communication Issues (3)
  • COM-515 Cross-Cultural Communication (3)
  • COM-517 Communication and Gender (3)
  • COM-520 Media Technology Management (3)
  • COM-530 Independent Study (3)
  • COM-556 Research Methods for Professionals (3)
  • COM-565 Campaign Design and Execution (3)
  • COM-620 Public Relations Management (3)
  • COM-610 Social Media for Professionals (3)

Computer Studies

  • CST-511 Topics in Information Systems (3)
  • CST-530 Fundamentals of Knowledge Management (3)
  • CST-531 Data Design and Management (3)
  • CST-534 Data Driven Business Decisions (3)
  • CST-580 Managing Info in Web-Based World (3)
  • CST-593 Web Development (3)
  • CST-595 Multimedia Applications (3)


  • ENG-503 Graduate Writing (3)
  • ENG-512 Topics in Contemporary Interpretation (3)


  • PHL-511 Topics in Philosophy (3)
  • PHL-521 Ethical Issues in Leadership (3)


  • IDS-512 Writing Workshop (3)
  • IDS-600 Colloquium in Contemporary Communication (6)

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to Notre Dame of Maryland University for graduate programs, a new applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate coursework taken.
  • Transcripts submitted for admissions review purposes must be from an accredited college/university.
  • Admissions Essay – Please see below (Not needed for those with previous master’s degree)
  • Resume

Admissions Essay question:

Please address the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: What are your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study in your chosen program? How have your experiences (academic, professional and/or personal) prepared you to successfully complete this program?

International (F-1) students will also be required to submit:

  • Official college transcripts translated and evaluated through World Education Services (WES) or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) for course-by-course credit evaluation and U.S. grade equivalencies.
  • Official TOEFL test score

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Tuition And Financial Aid

  • Tuition: $475 per credit*
* Registration/Technology Fee (nonrefundable): $130 per term

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