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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication MA

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The master of arts in communication is a generalist degree designed to enhance students’ intellectual and professional growth through the understanding and practice of effective communication.  The degree is structured both to build a solid foundation and to allow students to blend research, theory and practice to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Degree Requirements

The MA degree in communication requires the completion of 33 hours of graduate course work (5000 level or above). As explained below, students have the option of taking 6 hours of 4000-level courses outside of Communication. In this situation, a student will take 27 hours of graduate credit and 6 hours of 4000-level (undergraduate) course work. The requirements for course work are as follows:

Required Course

Total: 3 Hours

Methods Courses

Most methods courses are offered every other year. Students also wish to pursue a PhD may elect to take additional methods classes in or outside the department.

Graduate Seminars

In addition to the above core requirements, students must take five graduate seminars from the Department of Communication. Graduate seminars are 5000- or 6000-level courses.

Total: 15 Hours


Students must complete four electives. A minimum of two of these electives must be at the 5000 or 6000 level; the remaining two may be at the 4000 level. At least two of the four electives must be communication courses; the remaining two electives may be taken from outside of the Department of Communication.

Total: 12 Hours


Students wishing to complete a thesis must register for between 3-6 semester hours of thesis work, and will need 33 credits to graduate. Credit for a thesis may substitute for one or two elective course requirements.

Total: 3-6 Hours

Students must receive a grade of B or higher in all courses that are applied to the MA degree.

All students must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of course work.


Degree Total: 33 Hours

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