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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) or Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) 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) 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: 36 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: 36

Thesis Option

MA in Communication (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:15
Intro to Graduate Studies B
Quantative Research Methods B
Qualitative Research Methods B
Thesis
and Thesis
Select 21 hours from the list below21
Directed Study
Seminar - Communication Theory
Sem./Communication Education
Sem./Organizational Comm.
Sem./New Comm. Technologies
Sem./Intercul/Internat'l Comm.
Seminar in Media and Society
Seminar in Interpersonal Comm.
Seminar-Contemporary Rhetoric
Oral Examination:
Complete oral examination by the graduate faculty
Total Hours36

Non-Thesis Option

MA in Communication (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:12
Intro to Graduate Studies B
Quantative Research Methods B
Qualitative Research Methods B
Directed Study
Select 24 hours from the list below24
Seminar - Communication Theory
Sem./Communication Education
Sem./Organizational Comm.
Sem./New Comm. Technologies
Sem./Intercul/Internat'l Comm.
Seminar in Media and Society
Seminar in Interpersonal Comm.
Seminar-Contemporary Rhetoric
Oral Examination:
Complete oral examination by the graduate faculty
Total Hours36
B

Course requires a grade of B or better.