Students will complete one of two degree tracks for the MA in Communication. Both tracks are 36 hours:
Comprehensive Track Option:
This 36-hour degree option asks students to successfully complete examinations that cut across completed courses allowing the students to demonstrate their abilities to analyze and synthesize material.
Thesis Track Option:
This 36-hour degree option allows students to develop an area of research interest and eventually produce a comprehensive research contribution to that area. Students must apply for the thesis degree option. In addition to the required course work, student will write a master's thesis under the direction and supervision of the student's thesis committee. While this option is open for all students to apply, it is designed to prepare and qualify students for doctoral programs.
Course List for MA in Communication:
Sample Elective Courses:
For a full list of courses and course descriptions, please visit the courses subsection.
In addition to the university admission requirements outlined for all graduate programs, the MA in Communication Program Requires:
Admission - Upon receipt of all admission materials, the Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will review the admission materials. The committee may choose to unconditionally admit, conditionally admit, or deny admission, based on evaluation of the admission material ( see description below). Students will be admitted into the program in fall and spring semesters. For full consideration of admission, assistantships, and scholarships, a completed admissions packet must be received by April 1 preceding the fall semesters and November 1 for the spring semester in which the student wishes to enroll.
Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Communication or a related field from a regionally-accredited university or, if an international student, have the equivalent of a U.S. accredited degree as determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Applicant must possess an overall grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on 4-point scale.
Conditional Admission - Applicants wh o have received a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university or, if an international student, the equivalent of a U.S. accredited degree, but who do not meet the admission requirements noted above may be conditionally admitted into the program. The Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will make the decision as to a student's conditional status.
Provide a complete set of application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research and the Department of Communication by the March 22 or October 31 deadline. If space is available, applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until all of the spaces have been filled.
|Applying for||U.S. Applicants||International Applicants|
|Fall Semester||April 1||April 1|
|Spring Semester||November 1||September 1|