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To help support your success, every student is assigned an academic faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor will work with you to develop an academic course of study that includes helping you choose classes that fit your needs, discuss thesis and project topics and provide advice on options that may be available after you graduate.

While faculty advisors will communicate with their advisees periodically about the program, it is the responsibility of the student to reach out to their faculty advisor for more personal assistance.

To find your Faculty Advisor follow these steps:
  • Log into Zagweb
  • Click on the “Student Services and Financial Aid” tab
  • Select “Student Records”
  • Select “Degree Evaluation”
  • Select a term (most recent one should work)
  • Advisor name will be listed at the bottom. Click on name to email

Master’s in Communication and Leadership Course Sequence

The majority of COML M.A. students complete their degree in two years. The time may vary by the number of credits taken per term. At Gonzaga, 6 graduate credits constitute full-time student status.  In addition we offer classes in several formats: traditional 16 week semester classes in Spokane; 8 week online classes; and short-term, intensive courses both in Spokane and in cultural immersion classes overseas.  It is expected that students will not take any more than one eight-week online class at a time.

For the purpose of growth and development and the necessary foundation material to successfully navigate the program, we recommend the following Course Sequence:

Year One:

  • COML 508 – Theorizing Communication. This is the gateway course to the COML Program. All students should take this as their first class
  • COML 509 – Social Dynamics of Communication Technology
  • COML 504 – Organizational Communication
  • *COML 506 – International/Intercultural Communication (can be taken as part of the cultural immersion in Italy)
  • *COML 517 – Multi-Media Practicum (around the fourth course unless taken in Italy)
  • ORGL 500 – Introduction to Leadership
  • COML Elective – Any COML elective course (not ORGL)

*Summer: International Immersion (COML 506 & 517 or 513)  

This could be taken in summer one or two.

* * Visiting Scholar Elective (COML 513)

Each Spring we offer a different advanced topics intensive course taught by a Visiting Scholar. It is a three-day residency on the Spokane Campus. It can count as COML or ORGL 513 as well as a course that fits the Visiting Scholar’s area of specialty.

Year Two:

  • COML 501 – Applied Research must be taken prior to COML 680
  • COML 503 – Communication Ethics
  • COML Elective – Any COML (not ORGL)
  • ORGL Elective – Any ORGL course
  • COML 680 Communication Seminar/Thesis or Project is a semester long course and you cannot take it unless you have 30 credits completed or have a waiver for attending our summer in Italy project). It is a course you are hand enrolled in by the COML Program Assistant. You are strongly advised not to take any more than one other course during that time period.

Online Graduate Appeal Process

For students who are requesting to Drop or Withdraw from a Course after the deadline please complete the following steps:

1)  Obtain an Appeal to Drop or an Appeal to Withdraw form from the Registrar’s Office either online or from Carol Huston at

Note: Drops are considered for circumstances including a death of an immediate family member (parent, brother, sister, child, grandchild, or spouse or Registered Domestic Partner, or another state’s equivalent proof of relationship). A copy of an obituary or Death Certificate is required with the appeal.

Drops are considered for illness requiring hospitalization for three or more consecutive days.  Medical documentation is required with the appeal.

2) Complete Section A and B.

3) Return form to Carol Huston in the Registrar’s Office via fax at 509-313-5828 or email to

The Registrar’s Office will send the appeal to the School of Professional Studies for review. After the appeal has been reviewed and either approved or denied, the appeal will be returned to the Registrar’s Office where the student registration will be adjusted accordingly.

4) Carol Huston will notify you when the appeal process is complete. This process can take up to 4 weeks.

Please be advised that there is a $50.00 fee assessment for each Late Appeal. There are No Tuition Adjustments following the third week of each Session.

Click to download the M.A. in Communication & Leadership Studies course tracking form.