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M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies (COML)

Grounded in communication theory and practice, this dynamic online and on-campus program is built upon the Jesuit ethos of “people for others.” The COML program is built on experiential learning and dialogue, engaging students who apply their knowledge to solve practical problems in their organizations and communities.

COML Vision Statement: Prepare effective, ethical communicators who use critical thinking for positive local and global change.

Study abroad and domestic immersions are available to nurture cross-cultural exploration of communication and to connect with fellow classmates. Students work with their faculty advisor to choose coursework that aligns with their ambitions. The curriculum covers topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Organizational Communication
  • Strategic Corporate Communication
  • Consulting and Training
  • International & Intercultural Communication
  • Communication Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Media Literacy
  • Digital and social media
  • Communication Ethics
  • Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Travel Writing


Application Deadline:

  • Spring 2015 Session “B” Deadline – March 2nd
    • Classes start March 16th

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At a Glance




Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities


Online or On-Campus (Spokane, WA)

Admission cycles

Rolling 8-week


One, three-day immersion required in Spokane, WA. Study abroad opportunities in Florence & Cagli, Italy and Derry, Ireland.


Top 3 Regional University in the West by U.S. News & World Report

Named “Most Innovative Program” by the National Communication Association, 2010

All About the COML Program

Unique Features of COML

  • Optional study abroad and domestic immersions (3-day to two-week options) foster intercultural competence and expertise  through experiential learning in places like Florence and Cagli, Italy, and Derry, Ireland.
  • Take classes both online and on-campus
  • Visiting Scholars and professionals offer seminars online and on-campus for credit and discuss emerging trends in the field.
  • Internship and service-learning opportunities.
  • Intensives develop practical communication skills in speaking, writing, and multimedia.
  • Partnership with the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media, an organization dedicated to promoting media literacy.

See what our students have to say about the COML Program!  testimonials

Who is this program for?

The COML degree is ideal for those seeking opportunities and advancement in fields such as (but not limited to) public relations, marketing, broadcast news media, human resources, heath care, non-profits, community and public service, military, media management, strategic planning, and community college teaching.

This dynamic and flexible program is designed for a broad range of individuals, including recent graduates, small business owners, mid-career and senior managers, professionals, and organizational leaders. Gonzaga graduates are employed in a variety of capacities by organizations such as Boeing, Target, Teach for America, Caterpillar Inc., Google, NBC Universal, Fox TV, IKEA, Microsoft, Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s, Disneyland, Verizon, T-Mobile, United Airlines, Red Cross, YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Kaiser Permanente, and all branches of the U. S. military. Graduates routinely present their work at professional research conferences and have been accepted with fellowships to excellent doctoral programs in communication and other fields

Program Discounts

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Employment projections for the COML field

The following employment projections have been published for this field by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Employment for advertising and promotions managers will grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. The median income in 2012 was $115,750 per year/$55.65 per hour1.
  • Employment for marketing managers will grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. The median income in 2012 was $115,750 per year/$55.65 per hour1.
  • Employment of public relations specialists will grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. The median income in 2012 was $54,170 per year/$26.04 per hour2 .
  • Employment for Postsecondary Teachers will grow 19 percent from 2012-2022.  The median income in 2012 was $68,970 per year3 .

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.,

3Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.,