Communication Studies - Master of Arts

The department offers both thesis and non-thesis options in its Masters of Arts program. Both options require a minimum of 36 credits, which includes not only Communication courses but courses from outside the department. The thesis option requires at least 30 credits of coursework, 6 credits of thesis (COMM 599 Master's Thesis), and an oral defense of the thesis and coursework. The non-thesis option requires 36 credits of coursework, plus a comprehensive written examination, followed by an oral defense. The project option requires 6 credits of a project. All options require a minimum of 30 credit hours of Communication courses.

Select 15 credits from Communication Studies Electives for the Thesis Option. Take 15 credits plus 6 credits from related disciplines for the Non-Thesis Option. Two courses (6 credits) for courses that have numbers 450+ can be counted. For either the Thesis or the Non-Thesis option, a total of 36 credits is required.

Degree Requirements
COMM 505Research Methods3
or COMM 506 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
COMM 583Seminar in Theories of Communication3
Select three from the following:9
Seminar in Political communication3
Seminar in Organizational Communication3
Seminar on Communication and Culture3
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication3
COMM Electives
Select 15 credits from Electives in Related Fields, 3-6 credits from (graduate levels; numbered 450+).15
Thesis, Non-Thesis or Project Options
Select one from the following:3-6
Thesis Option: Select 6 credits from COMM 599.
Non-thesis Option: Select 3-6 credits from Additional Graduate COMM Electives.
Project Option: Select 6 credits from COMM 590
Total Credits33-36

A GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained overall and grades in each course must be a B- or better.

Entrance Requirements for Graduate Study in Communication Studies

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test is not required for admission; however, high GRE scores will strengthen a candidate's application and are highly regarded in the awarding of Graduate Assistantships. Students wishing to enroll in the Master program in Communication Studies must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a BA or BS degree, from an accredited institution of higher learning; Social Science disciplines are preferred
  2. Hold a minimum grade point average of 3.00

To apply for an graduate study in our department, please submit the following application materials:

  • Three very positive letters of recommendation
  • Current Vitae/Resume
  • 750 word statement of intent
  • A sample of scholarly writing

If you seek to have a graduate teaching assistantship, please indicate so with your application letter. Such positions are competitive.