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M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies

The online or on campus Master’s in Communication and Leadership Studies program (COML) is grounded in communication theory, yet combines contemporary strategies to equip students with skills they can put to immediate use. At Gonzaga, we prepare effective, ethical communicators who use critical thinking for positive local and global change.

Unique features include:

  • Concentrations in Strategic and Organizational Communication, International & Intercultural Communication, and College Teaching of Communication.
  • Study abroad opportunities to gain communication and community development experience in places like Florence Italy, and Cali, Colombia.
  • Visiting Scholars and industry experts who discuss cutting-edge work in communication.
  • Workshop intensives to develop practical communication skills.
  • Internship and service-learning possibilities to further promote practical experience.
  • Partnership with the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

The curriculum is designed to help students solve practical problems in their organizations and communities. It covers topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Organizational communication
  • Strategic corporate communication
  • Consulting and training
  • International and intercultural communication
  • Media Literacy
  • Digital and social media
  • Communication ethics
  • Interpersonal and small group communication
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • Communication teaching and pedagogy


Concentrations allow students to customize the curriculum to meet their professional needs and goals.

Professional & Personal Benefits

The COML degree is ideal for those in fields such as (but not limited to) communications, marketing/PR, human resources, health care, entrepreneurship, consulting, non-profits, military, and college teaching.

The COML program will help you become a:

  • strategic contributor
  • better listener
  • critical thinker
  • stronger public speaker and communicator
  • better writer

Building your confidence in these skills translates into credibility in the workplace.

Companies & Industries

  • This dynamic and flexible program is designed for a broad range of individuals, including:
    • recent graduates
    • small business owners
    • mid-career
    • senior managers, professionals
    • 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, American 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.

Scholarships & Discount Options


The COML program is now offering scholarships for new students. For more information about these scholarships please inquire with the admissions department at 1-866-380-5323.

Tuition Reduction/Discounts:

  • Gonzaga University provides a 50% tuition reduction to qualified full-time teachers, principals and pastoral/diocesan ministers working in schools or parishes under the auspices of the Diocese of Spokane – click here for more details.
  • Gonzaga also offers a 10% tuition discount for active military and their spouses, and veterans, as well as Federal employees and Boeing employees.

For further questions please inquire with the admissions department at 1-866-380-5323.


Application Deadline :

  • Fall 2017 Start Priority Deadline, June 1st
  • Apply Now

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.


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

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

"#4 Best Regional University in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2016

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

“#4 Best Value Among West Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, 2016

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

“#4 Best Colleges for Veterans in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2016"

Study Abroad & Domestic Immersion Opportunities

Military, Federal Employee, and Boeing Discounts

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