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Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor’s degree in communication or related field from an accredited institution or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution.
  2. Three letters of recommendation. 
  3. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework. Applicants are generally expected to have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in upper-level coursework.
  4. A letter of application to the graduate advisor addressing the rationale for advanced study in communication.
  5. TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper) or 213 (computer-based) for international students whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S.

Department of Academic Standards

In addition to the graduate school requirements of maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all courses counting towards a degree, the department requires students to earn a grade of B or better in all core research methods courses (5300, 5310, 5311). Students receiving a C or lower will be required to retake the course. If, after repeating a core research methods course and a grade of B is not achieved, the student will be dismissed from the program.

MA Degree Requirements

Coursework

  • Thesis Option: 30 credit hours, plus successful completion of thesis.

  • Non-Thesis Option: 36 credit hours, plus successful completion of a project.

Research Core Courses

The core research courses are required for both the Thesis and Non-Thesis Options: 5300, 5310, and 5311.

Oral Examination

An oral examination by the graduate faculty is required for both the Thesis and Non-Thesis Options.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MA in Communication (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
COMM 5300Intro to Graduate Studies B3
COMM 5310Quantative Research Methods B3
COMM 5311Qualitative Research Methods B3
Oral Examination:
Complete oral examination by the graduate faculty
Thesis/Non-Thesis:
Select one sequence below:6-12
Thesis Option:
Thesis
and Thesis
Non-Thesis Option:
Select twelve hours from the following:
Seminar-Contemporary Rhetoric
Seminar in Interpersonal Comm.
Seminar in Media and Society
Sem./Intercul/Internat'l Comm.
Sem./New Comm. Technologies
Sem./Organizational Comm.
Sem./Communication Education
Seminar - Communication Theory
Directed Study
Organizational Communication
Thesis
Thesis
Other Electives:
Select fifteen hours from the following:15
Seminar-Contemporary Rhetoric
Seminar in Interpersonal Comm.
Seminar in Media and Society
Sem./Intercul/Internat'l Comm.
Sem./New Comm. Technologies
Sem./Organizational Comm.
Sem./Communication Education
Seminar - Communication Theory
Directed Study
Organizational Communication
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours30-36
B

Course requires a grade of B or better.