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Graduate Programs

At Barry University we provide a master’s degree program with specializations in Health and Development, and Public Relations and Corporate Communication.  We also offer certificate programs in Broadcast Communication, and Public Relations and Corporate Communication for students who want to develop their knowledge in these areas without pursuing the more extended studies required for a Masters degree. 

Our programs are designed both for students who are interested in the scholarly study of topics in communication as well as those who want to develop highly sought professional skills.  If you are looking to pursue your scholarly interests in an academically rigorous graduate program or are interested in developing skills needed to advance your career in areas such as health, media, production, public relations, or communication, then we encourage you to apply to one of our programs.


As a global crossroads, Miami offers unique opportunities to students of communication.  The city’s size, location, and international character offer many practical opportunities to study issues that can only be explored abstractly in other locales.

At Barry University you will have the chance to interact with an international faculty and join a highly diverse group of students from many parts of the world.  Our programs also take into account that many people are working professionals or have other responsibilities during the day, so most classes are held in the evening.
Because we recognize the challenges that graduate study can pose for students from international backgrounds or for people who are returning after time away from school, the department of Communication works with the Glen Hubert Learning Center to provide substantial academic support services to our students.  The Learning Center assesses each student’s reading and writing skills and offers an individualized array of workshops to respond to any deficiencies that can impact your success in our programs.  These services are offered to all students in our graduate programs.

Master degree classes start in the fall semester, and do not include summer.  Certificate start dates (fall or spring) depend on the applicant’s professional experience and technical proficiencies.  Our graduate programs do not require a background in communication or a related field in order to apply.  Learn more about our admissions requirements.

Choose from the following graduate level programs:

  • Master of Arts in Communication (Thesis or Capstone Project)
    The only program in South Florida of its kind, the Master of Arts offers specializations in public relations and corporate communication, or health and development communication.  Develop scholarly knowledge of these fields of study, expand your skills in writing, public and media relations, and corporate and health communication, and gain hands-on experience working with real clients.  These programs prepare you for a career as an advocate for businesses, hospitals, universities, or non-profit organizations.  The Master of Arts in Communication can be completed within two-three years.
  • Broadcast Communication Certificate
    Our certificate program provides a more hands-on approach that focuses on practical skills within broadcasting and media production. This program is great for individuals already in the industry who do not want a master’s degree but would like to extend and update their skills.
  • Public Relations and Corporate Communication Certificate
    This certificate program provides a more hands-on approach to Public Relations and Corporate Communication.  The program allows you to develop your writing, media, and public relations skills within any organizational setting. This program is great for individuals who are already employed and do not want a master’s degree but would like to extend and update their skills.

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