About this Program

ODU’s graduate degree program in Lifespan & Digital Communication is distinctive in the field of communication. It is one of the few in the U.S. to focus on lifespan communication, and the only one in the U.S. that combines relational communication and digital media studies into a comprehensive graduate program focusing on communication development across the lifespan. We'll equip you, the next generation of communication professionals and educators, to innovate, imagine and create the tools, methods and solutions critical for 21st century communication problems utilizing the most up-to-date research tools.

Focus Areas include: Strategic Communication, Lifespan Communication: Relationships & Groups, Media Studies and Professional Communication.

Program Highlights

  • Study with award-winning, nationally- known communication faculty members

  • Learn to research by working directly with actively publishing scholars as well as working professionals

  • Present your papers at professional conferences internationally, nationally, and regionally

  • Get to know communication’s graduate faculty and graduate students during weekly dinners

  • Have fun with graduate faculty and graduate students during program outings while you build professional communication networks.

  • Coursework can be completed on campus or online

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Arts
Delivery Modes


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Broadcast News Analysts

$88,250 Median Salary

Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

Public Relations Specialists

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Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Government Property Inspectors and Investigators

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Investigate or inspect government property to ensure compliance with contract agreements and government regulations.

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What are the requirements to apply for Lifespan & Digital Communications at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Arts program in Lifespan & Digital Communications should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • In addition to meeting all general University requirements, an applicant must have two letters of recommendation from faculty members, or those who can evaluate the applicant's academic potential; and a 500-word essay that outlines the applicant's professional and personal goals in pursuing this degree, while explaining the relationship of these aforementioned goals to the Lifespan and Digital Communication degree program.

For Admission to the Lifespan & Digital Communications Program


An undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication or a related field and a 3.0 overall.


GRE scores typically at or above 1000 as a composite of verbal and quantitative scores.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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Associate Professor

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