Frequently Asked Questions
Gonzaga’s M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies not only prepares students to advance their career, but to positively impact their world. Our program will help you “think outside the box” and prepare you to “pull the box” in a new direction. Explore the frequently asked questions below and if you don’t find what you need feel free to give us a call at 1-866-380-5323. We would love to hear from you.
We want your education to be as flexible as possible! Many students choose to take classes online, on campus, or a combination of both. There are also opportunities to study abroad and participate in domestic immersions to complete your degree in a way that fits your lifestyle. There are several options for completing your degree.
- All online 8-week courses with one required 3-day residency on campus.
- On-campus 16-week courses in Spokane with one required 3-day residency on campus. On campus courses are offered on nights and weekends to accommodate working professionals.
- Hybrid of both online and campus-based courses with one required 3-day residency on campus.
There is only one required 3-day on-campus immersion
, although we hope you’ll visit us more often. We can’t wait for you to see the power of face-to-face interactions and enjoy this beautiful campus! Watch this video about how our flexible offerings
work for you and what to expect
when you come to campus!
We believe the best learning is experiential and occurs in the context of community. The residency is designed to be taken early in your graduate degree journey so that you can come to campus, meet fellow classmates, get to know faculty, and ground yourself in the sense of what it means to be a Zag. All of our students say that this experience is one of the best parts of the program. We think you will find this to be true!
The COML residency requirement can be met in two ways. Either through the campus course or in our Gonzaga-in-Cagli Project where you will live in community with your fellow classmates and faculty for a 17 day period in a small Italian village in a cultural immersion and multi-media project.
There are two options for you to purchase course materials.
- Please note: videos are not available through the Zagshop. Any video course requirements will need to be purchased through Amazon, Netflix or the like.
- These include Amazon, textbook.com and half.com.
Ordering Textbooks by Course via ZagShop
Ordering your books online from the bookstore is simple, quick and convenient. All you need to know are the classes and the semester or term.
Follow the prompts to select the program, term, department, course and section. This information can be found in your “Student Detail Schedule” in ZagWeb
After you’ve selected a class, it will show you both the required textbooks and any recommended textbooks needed for that class
Put them in your shopping cart and continue ordering until you’ve gone through your class schedule. You may have your books shipped to you or you may pick them up at the main campus location
The ZagShop accepts: American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard & Gift Cards
Students who complete the work for an 8-week course in the online environment are required to accomplish the same type and amount of work that they would have been required to complete for a traditional 16-week course. Both the 8-week and the 16-week courses are three graduate semester credits.
Yes, tuition is the same for both online and on-campus courses. Cost per credit is competitive at $900. For the most current tuition rate refer to Student Accounts. See what our students and alumni have to say about the cost and the return on investment.
Graduate students may transfer credits into their program with the approval of their Department Chair, the Dean of the student\’s program, and the Registrar’s Office. A maximum of 1/5 of program credits (usually 6 semester credits for graduate level students) may be transferred.
Coursework must be distinctively graduate level by the transfer institution and must have been taken within the last five years. A minimum grade of a B (P grades must be defined as B or better) must be earned. Courses previously applied to a completed degree are not transferable to the student\’s current program. It is important to note that all credits are converted to semester credits and are awarded after signatures have been obtained.
In support of our current and potential students, Gonzaga’s Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships for students to access, search and apply for awards.
Please click the document below to download a pdf of Graduate Scholarship opportunities. This scholarship information is accurate as of May 1, 2013. Please check each website for current accuracy.
The average student completes the program in 2-2.5 years. A graduate student taking 6 credits per semester (two courses) can complete the program in 2.5 years. If you are able to add additional credits in any given period, you can accelerate your graduation.
If you have taken graduate level courses previously, but have not yet completed a graduate degree, you may be able to transfer those credits into the program.
Whether you pursue your degree as a campus-based student or as an online student, your final degree will be from Gonzaga University. It will read “Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies” from Gonzaga University.
Every class is designed by our Gonzaga faculty. Most classes are taught by faculty who have a PhD in the field of Communication & Leadership or have an M.A. degree and have achieved eminence as a practitioner of communication.
This will vary, depending on the courses you are taking, your learning style, and your course load. However, most students dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per week towards coursework. This may fluctuate up and down. During a week with a major paper or project due, you might spend more time on coursework than other weeks. What remains true is that you will get out of this program what you put into it. Work hard, get personally invested, and have a great time!
Yes, Gonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Schools (NWCCS). Gonzaga is also member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
Typically 15-20 students are in a course, which is often split into smaller discussion groups. Class sizes are kept small to allow professors more one-on-one time with individual students.
Program information subject to change.