MA Program Overview


Students will complete one of three degree tracks for the MA in Communication: Organizational Leadership, Strategic Communication, or Interpersonal Communication. 

Course List for MA in Communication:

Required Core Courses:

  • COMM 5301 - Introduction to Communication Scholarship
  • COMM 5302 - Seminar in Communication Theory
  • COMM 5303 - Research Methodology
  • COMM 5304 - Cultural Studies

Additional Required Courses for Organizational Leadership Track:

  • COMM 5306 - Instructing and Consulting 
  • COMM 5307 - Communication and Organizations 
  • COMM 5308 - Communicating Leadership 
  • COMM 5314 - Small Group Decision Making 

Additional Required Courses for Strategic Communication Track:

  • COMM 5311 - Seminar in Persuasion Theory 
  • COMM 5335 - Advanced Crisis Communication
  • COMM 5340 - Public Relations Theory
  • COMM 5346 - Seminar in New Media 

Additional Required Courses for Interpersonal Communication Track:

  • COMM 5309 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 5310 - Seminar in Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 5315 - Family Communication
  • COMM 5331 - Seminar in Nonverbal Communication

Students in each track also complete an additional 6-12 hours of elective coursework depending upon the exit requirement they complete.

*For a full list of courses and course descriptions, please visit the courses subsection.

Exit Requirements:

Students in each track must complete an exit requirement. All students are automatically assigned the comprehensive exam exit requirement. Students may apply to complete a thesis. Students allowed to complete a thesis must complete 6 credit hours towards the thesis (COMM 5395) over a period of two semesters.

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.

  • 12 hours of required core courses
  • 12 hours of required track courses
  • 12 hours of elective courses

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.

  • 12 hours of required courses
  • 12 hours of required track courses
  • 6 hours of elective courses
  • 6 hours of COMM 5395 – Thesis