Georgia is home to a large number of public and private schools. The HOPE scholarship means undergraduate students who maintain a 3.0 GPA can get free or reduced college tuition -- $218.46 in funding per credit hour, as of 2013. This can free up resources to fund graduate school, and if you're interested in pursuing a master's degree in communication, you can choose from a few schools across the state.
Georgia State University
If you want to attend a large school in an urban setting, Georgia State University -- located in the heart of downtown Atlanta -- is a good choice. The school offers three different master's degrees in communication. Students can pursue a degree in mass communication, learn about the psychology and sociology of communication through a degree in human communication, and social influence or master video communication with a degree in film, video and digital communication.
The University of Georgia
The University of Georgia is another large public school, but it's located about two hours outside of Atlanta in Athens. Known for its competitive football team, the school also has rigorous communications programs. Students can choose between a thesis or non-thesis degree in communication studies. And for students interested in communication disorders and speech-language pathology, the school offers a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders.
Kennesaw State University
For students interested in the politics and cultural issues associated with international communication, Kennesaw State University may be the best choice. The school is located in Kennesaw, a suburb north of Atlanta, and offers a master's degree program in integrated global communication. The program is designed for professionals, with classes occurring at 6:30 in the evening on weeknights.
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Savannah is an historical coastal town and home to several smaller schools, including Armstrong Atlantic State University. AASU offers a master's degree in professional communication and leadership. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in business, and many courses are available online. The school also offers a flexible scheduling option called flex-term class scheduling.
Van Thompson is an attorney and writer. A former martial arts instructor, he holds bachelor's degrees in music and computer science from Westchester University, and a juris doctor from Georgia State University. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including a 2009 CALI Legal Writing Award.