- Credit Hours: Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours in Communication Studies at the 400 level or above. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 500 level or above from outside the department.
- Grade Point Average: Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, and of 3.00 in coursework applied to their graduate program, with a minimum grade of B- in all courses applied to the degree requirements.
- Area of Emphasis: Students must select one of three area of emphasis: Communication in Instruction, Corporate and Organizational Communication, Communication Theory and Research.
- Graduation Requirement: Student requirements vary based on the Area of Emphasis (AOE) chosen. Students in the Communication Theory & Research AOE take a comprehensive written or oral examination, or write a Master's Thesis. Students in the Communication in Instruction AOE and Corporate & Organizational Communication AOE are not required to take comprehensive examinations.
Select any COMM courses 400 level or above. *
|AREA OF EMPHASIS:||12|
Communication in Instruction
Corporate and Organizational Communication
Theory and Research
Students can earn a maximum of 12 credits at the 400 level for this degree program. The 12 credit limit is cumulative across both COURSEWORK and AREA OF EMPHASIS.
Areas of Emphasis Offered:
- Communication Theory & Research
- Communication in Instruction
- Corporate & Organizational Communication
Communication Theory & Research Area of Emphasis
|Survey of Human Communication Theory|
|Graduate Research Methods|
Any COMM course at the 400 level or above. *
Communication in Instruction Area of Emphasis
|Communication Studies coursework (400, 500, 600, 700-level)||12|
Corporate & Organizational Communication Area of Emphasis
|Applied Communication Theory|
|Communication in the Organization|
Any COMM courses at the 400 level or above *
Major Learning Outcomes
Students earning a M.A. in Communication Studies will be able to:
- acquire a general understanding of Communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
- identify, analyze, and critique Communication-related problems using Communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts, and prescribe Communication-based solutions to these problems
- design, conduct, and interpret original Communication-based research
- propose ways in which Communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts can enhance personal, social, and professional relationships
- develop the ability to encode and decode messages effectively across communication contexts