Online. On campus. On your terms.


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. You will find our most frequently asked questions below.  If you don’t find what you need, feel free to give us a call at 1-866-380-5323.

What are the application deadlines?

  •   Fall 2017 Start Application Deadline:

    • Priority Deadline, June 1st

Online. On campus. On your terms.

Online, on-campus, or hybrid. What are my options?

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.

  1. All online 8-week courses with one required 3-day residency on campus.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Is the tuition for online courses the same as for campus courses? What is it?

Yes, tuition is the same for both online and on-campus courses.  Cost per credit is competitive at $940. 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.

Are the online and on-campus courses the same in terms of content?

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.

Is an online degree from Gonzaga the same as the campus degree?

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.

The Course Experience

How many students are typically in an online course?

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.

Who will be teaching my classes?

Every class is designed by our Gonzaga faculty. Most classes are taught by faculty who have a PhD, an M.A. degree or have achieved eminence as a practitioner of communication.

How do I purchase my textbooks and other course materials if I am an online student?

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.

Online Retailers

  • These include Amazon, and

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.

  1. Go to the ZagShop
  2. Select Books
  3. Follow the prompts to select the program, term, department, course and section. This information can be found in your “Student Detail Schedule” in ZagWeb
  4. After you’ve selected a class, it will show you both the required textbooks and any recommended textbooks needed for that class
  5. 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

Payment Methods

The ZagShop accepts: American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard & Gift Cards

How much time is required per week to be successful in the COML Program?

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!

Why is there a required visit to Spokane for an Immersion?

We believe the best learning is experiential and occurs in the context of community. The immersion 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!

What type of support services will I receive?

Online and on-campus students have access to all of Gonzaga’s resources including Foley Library, IT Help Desk, the Career Center, Grad Student Association, Disability Access, and University Ministry. We are all here to help you succeed.

The Student Services team is available to answer your questions and to connect you to the resources you need. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help guide you with your academic goals.

General Questions about COML

Is Gonzaga's COML Program accredited?

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.

How long does it take to complete a program?

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.

Can I transfer credits into the program?

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.

Scholarships, Tuition Discounts & Reductions

Are graduate student scholarships available?

Gonzaga’s Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships for students to access, search and apply for awards.



Do you offer a military discount?

We do! View complete information here.

What other types of tuition reductions do you offer?

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.

For further questions please inquire with the admissions department at 1-866-380.5323.

Program information subject to change.

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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