Master of Arts
- 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
A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 500 level or above from outside the department. Excluded courses include those applied to the Area of Emphasis and COMM 697 and COMM 797
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