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Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies

We believe soft skills are tools everyone needs no matter where they work.  Our online Master’s in Communication and Leadership Studies equips you with the expertise to communicate a clear message, negotiate solutions, influence others and resolve conflict.

Expand your Skills

Our program gives you an edge, teaching you how to put theory into practice, and preparing you to become a more effective, ethical leader who thinks critically and strategically.  Our graduates leave our program with the following skills:

  • Communicate Change
  • Audience Analysis
  • Message Impact
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Research Evaluation
  • Data Interpretation
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Negotiation
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Global Awareness
  • Presentation Skills

Develop your Career

Communication skills are needed in every industry.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on average professionals holding a master’s degree in communications make $11,000 more a year than those with a bachelor’s degree.  Some of the career opportunities that may be available to you:

  • Director, Corporate Communications
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Communications Consultant
  • Non-Profit Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • College Administrator
  • College Professor
  • Journalist
  • Content Creator

Extend your Reach

Not only will you be learning from expert faculty, but with fellow professionals who have diverse backgrounds and work experience.  Gonzaga University also has a vast alumni network.  Our graduates work at some of the top companies in the world:

  • Google
  • Twitter
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • Starbucks
  • Boeing
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • NBC Universal
  • Fox TV
  • United Airlines
  • Verizon

Stretch your Mind

Our program offers you a customizable degree based on your interests and goals.  You can choose electives from our Communication & Leadership program or our Organizational Leadership program or dive even deeper into your passion with an optional concentration in Strategic & Organizational Communication, College Teaching of Communication or International & Intercultural Communication.

Heighten your Awareness

We are committed to educating leaders who can make an impact not only on their diverse organizations, but in a changing world.  We offer you the unique opportunity to study abroad in Belgium, Colombia and Italy; or to choose an experiential intensive immersion on-campus, and at Mt. Adams in western Washington or St. Andrew’s Abbey in southern California.

Application Deadline :

At a Glance



Average completion time

2 years

Cost per credit



Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities


Online, On campus, Hybrid

Admission cycles

Rolling 8-week


One three-day immersion required in Spokane, WA.


"#4 Best Regional University in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#7 Best Value Among West Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#3 Best Colleges for Veterans in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018"

“#13 Best Alumni Network” by Princeton Review, 2015

"Best Campus Immersion" by Ragan's PR Daily, 2015.

“#1 Best Value Among Private Colleges and Universities in the State of Washington” by Money Magazine, 2014

Study Abroad & Domestic Immersion Opportunities

Military, Federal Employee, Boeing and Bank of America Discounts

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