Why study Communication and Leadership at Washburn?

The Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership helps you become a collaborative and innovative leader who demonstrates effective communication skills, self-awareness and strategic thinking. This online, flexible program is designed for professionals interested in a graduate degree for career advancement. Leadership, teamwork, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities are the attributes most desired by employers, and this curriculum addresses them all.
Career Forecast Bright Outlook8-week courses Full-time students can finish in 2 years.online

Advance your career

Good leaders must have the ability to communicate, and effective communication skills can make the difference between being a follower and a leader in the work place. This interdisciplinary program combines the best of skills, theory, and practical experiences in both fields to set the stage for graduates who succeed and are able to lead in myriad professional settings. Our faculty are enthusiastic teachers and past and current administrators who know the power of both skill sets and are committed to helping students develop in whatever professional environment they choose.

Meet Graduate John Haverty

John Haverty didn’t start his Washburn journey the conventional way, beginning college at another university. But the more Haverty visited Washburn, the more he realized how much his friends on our campus loved being Ichabods.

Haverty made the decision to transfer in 1990s and has never looked back, even working on campus for 25 years now.

“It’s a great place to work, a great place to go to school,” he said.

Haverty recently earned his second degree at Washburn, receiving a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership. Because he worked on campus, Haverty had the opportunity to take one course a semester at no cost.

“It’s one of the benefits of working here,” he said. “It can be applied to anything, and I decided to apply it to getting my master’s.”

Haverty also knew from his time as an undergraduate student (he received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems) that graduate school at Washburn would be a unique experience.

“I knew that if I needed to get ahold of an instructor, I could stop by and seem them,” said Haverty, the chief information officer at Washburn. “They knew who I was; they’d call on you by name. In the master’s program, that did not change at all.”

How to apply

Application deadline: June 1 for August start

Requirements: Applicants to the program must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work, and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Bachelor’s degrees from all disciplines are welcome.

In addition to the online application, you’ll provide:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Names and email addresses of three references who can attest to your potential for graduate work.
  • A 3-5 page essay describing the communication and leadership skills you think are necessary for organizations to function effectively and how this graduate degree will help you fulfill your personal and career goals.


  • Hold a university credential that is equivalent to a US baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree. 
  • All Transcripts from non-US institutions must be evaluated by a recognized evaluation service (e.g. ECE or WES). 
  • Arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted by academicians, employers, or other persons who can attest to the applicant’s potential for success in graduate study in communication and leadership. These letters should be sent to the Communication Studies Department, Morgan 206, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas 66621 
  • Meet the required level of English proficiency by iBT TOEFL score, IELTS, or another accepted measure of English proficiency. Contact international@washburn.edu with questions regarding this requirement. 
  • Submit the required international application materials to the Office of International Programs. View a complete list of the required documentation.

Contact Us

For more information on how a Washburn University Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership degree can make a difference in your life and career, contact James Schnoebelen, Program Director and Professor, jim.schnoebelen@washburn.edu or 785-670-1426.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Communication Studies

Communication Studies Department
Morgan Hall, Room 206
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785-670-2230
communication@washburn.edu

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