Master the Art of Communication

MAC at Valdosta State: the clear path to mastery in the communication arts.


Valdosta State's Master of Communication Arts program is designed for students interested in making a difference through communication. The MAC program provides a clear path forward for individuals wishing to develop mastery over the strategic and leadership competencies that both contemporary business and higher education require.


By focusing on the skills needed to identify, engage and influence audiences in the digital age, our students immerse themselves in a balanced mix of cutting-edge research topics and theoretical fundamentals including, engagement strategy, data analytics, audience analysis and segmentation, integrated communications, visual communication and culture, communication theory, and media content and effects to name only a handful.


Valdosta State’s Master of Arts in Communication program integrates both critical and creative components of communication to prepare graduates for roles in business, entertainment and higher education including Content Strategist, Public Relations Consultant, Community Relationship Manager, International Communications Specialist, Media Entrepreneur, Researcher, and College Lecturer.

You're in good company

But don't take our word for it— the proof is in the pudding.
Students and faculty in the MAC Program

Top-notch Teachers

Real world professionals committed to student success

Our professors can prepare you for a vital role among the leaders, scholars, teachers, and collaborators of the future. Grounded in the fundamentals, you will concentrate on approaches of understanding, evaluating, and critical thinking. You will learn how to interpret and use critical methods of research and learn how to apply them to issues challenging us in the workplace or interpersonally.

Individualized Instruction

Small class sizes tailored to student needs

Our small class sizes allow you to interact with your professors and collaborate with fellow students to help provide lasting gains in your education. The faculty not only provides interaction with you in the classroom in order to help you tailor your assignments to help focus on your needs to students become successful in and out of the classroom.

All Walks of Life Welcome

Students from every corner of the globe and at different points in their careers

Our program welcomes students from every corner of the globe and at different points in their careers and life. If you are looking for a professional degree to help you in the workplace or wanting to go on to get a Ph.D. our program can help you and your personal and professional pursuits. Our program is accommodating and flexible for full time or part-time students and those just finishing their undergraduate degree or coming back to school after being in the work force.

Take a look around. There's a lot on offer at VSU.

Explore the university and region

Valdosta is located in the southeastern part of Georgia and offers great opportunities whether you stay in town or want to explore what the area has to offer if you are looking for something to do in your downtime. The city is positioned right off highway 75 providing easy access to Atlanta, Tampa, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, or Orlando. Plus, there are several nature trails, national parks, and beaches all within a short distance of the city. 

Frequently asked questions

Will MAIC prepare me to teach at the college level?

The courses taught in the program will provide you with the knowledge required to succeed academically and professionally. There are specific courses that focus on dialogue, and reflection on teach, active learning strategies, teaching goals, and practices that today's college student needs to be successful in and out of the classroom. This program is dynamic and flexible for your individual education goals including career progression and preparation for a doctorate program. Our faculty appreciate that our students come to this program with diverse backgrounds and goals. Our goal is to support all students in achieving their chosen goals. 

What careers will MAIC prepare me for?

Valdosta State's Master of Communication Arts program helps prepare you for the abilities that are highly valued by employers as reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Some fo the qualities/skills employers look for are built in the courses offered by the program such as critical thinking/problem solving, oral/written communication, leadership, analytical/quantitative skills, and being detailed oriented just to name a few. So, whether you are looking for a promotion, career change, or you wish to start your own business the degree can help you prepare for this future. 

How do I apply the program?

What is the deadline to apply?

Fall Semester: July 15

Spring Semester: November 15

Summer Semester: April 15

What are your admission requirements?

Do you admit part-time students?


Do I have to start the M.A. program in the fall?

Typically, students start their programs in the Fall semester, but it is possible to start in any term.

As an international student what do I need?

How long does it take to complete an M.A. degree?

2 years if you are going full time.

What do Communication graduate students do with their degrees?

Our students who finish their education with the M.A. typically enter employment in the private sector. Some of our recent graduates have begun work in the fields of human resources, public relations, government, and event management. Most of our Ph.D. graduates teach at colleges and universities.

May I schedule a campus visit?

We would love to have visit our campus just email to set up a time and date. 

Whom should I contact with questions about the graduate program in Communication?

What about Tuition, Assistantships and finical aid?

I am an international student what do I need to apply.


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Dr. David Nelson
Graduate Coordinator
(229) 123-4567