• Four Communication and Advocacy graduate students work on a project
  • Aerial shot of the JMU campus with the Shenandoah Valley mountains in the background
  • A graduate student makes an emphatic point to her classmates
  • JMU students walk by Harrison Hall

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Why Communication and Advocacy at JMU?

The program offers a cutting-edge curriculum that prepares students to be skilled and ethical advocates in the face of rapidly changing 21st century issues, contexts, and communication technologies. The program offers advanced research and training in communication and advocacy with concentrated coursework in environmental communication, health communication, and strategic communication. The program is ideal for students pursuing academic careers as well as professionals seeking to advance at work.

Our M.A. program in Communication and Advocacy provides you with the skills to be a voice for change in the world.

Whether it is through interpersonal advocacy as an ombudsperson in the workplace or as a patient advocate in a hospital, working at the community level as an outreach program coordinator with elderly populations, or advocating at the national and global levels as a public relations manager for an environmental nonprofit, our graduates are prepared to be a voice for change. Learn more >

Where Are They Now?

Erin Casey

A former student and graduate of the program, Erin Casey ('13, '17 M.A.), is the founder and president of Where I Stand, a nationally-recognized mental health advocacy organization. Read more >

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