Degree Requirements

A Personalized Program of Graduate Study

In consultation with graduate faculty, graduate students develop a personalized program of study to foster their own learning objectives and career goals.  They are required to complete a set of core courses; and the organizational communication focus identifies four required electives.  Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

  • Plan I is with thesis.  This plan requires a minimum of 33 hours of course work, of which 12 hours are four of the core courses (does not include the capstone course) and six hours are thesis credit. 
  • Plan II is without thesis and requires a minimum of 33 hours of course work, of which 15 hours are the core courses.

With both plans, no more than six hours of graduate course work may be transferred from other universities to fulfill the degree requirements for the MA in Communication.  With both plans, only three credits of COMM 9500 Independent Study and three credits of COMM 6020 Communication Research Practicum may be applied to the degree requirements as electives.

Coursework Requirements

Plan I (THESIS - minimum of 33 hours credit)

  • four core required courses (12 credits)
  • minimum of four graduate elective courses in Communication (12 credits)
  • one graduate level course from outside the department (3 credits)
  • six hours of thesis credit (6 credits)

Plan II (NON-THESIS- minimum of 33 hours credit)

  • five core required courses (15 credits)
  • six graduate elective courses in Communication (15 credits)
  • one graduate level course from outside the Communication Department (3 credits)

Note: Students accepted by the graduate faculty for Plan I are not required to complete a comprehensive examination. Students in Plan II are required to complete a comprehensive examination focused on three content areas chosen by the student.

Core Course Requirements
(Offered once each year as indicated)

COMM 5010 INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES: THE COMMUNICATION DISCIPLINE AND THEORIES (Fall)
COMM 5020 GRADUATE COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS (Fall)
COMM 6030 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS: STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS (Fall)
COMM 6040 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS: A PRACTICUM AND ANALYSIS (Spring, online)
COMM 6050 COMMUNICATION GRADUATE CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (Spring)
NOTE: COMM 6050 is not required with Plan I Thesis Option

General Elective Course Offerings

COMM 5100 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING
COMM 5150 COMMUNICATION FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER
COMM 5240 SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 5290 SUSTAINABILITY AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
COMM 5330 GENDER AND LEADERSHIP
COMM 5950 SEMINAR IN LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
COMM 5990 MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY AND WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION
COMM 6010 PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION IN POPULAR MEDIA
COMM 6020 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH PRACTICUM (instructor approval)
COMM 6100 COMMUNICATION COMPETENCY: THEORY, ASSESSMENT AND PEDAGOGY
COMM 6140 MEDIA EFFECTS
COMM 6160 COMMUNICATION, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
COMM 6250 PROBLEMS IN COMMUNICATION
COMM 6350 CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF POPULAR CULTURE
COMM 6990 EMERGING COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
COMM 9500 INDEPENDENT STUDY (instructor approaval)

Recommended Electives for Media Studies

COMM 6350 CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF POPULAR CULTURE (Recommended in first year of program)
COMM 6010 PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESION IN POPULAR MEDIA
COMM 6140 MEDIA EFFECTS
COMM 6250 PROBLEMS IN COMMUNICATION (Creative Media Focus)
COMM 6990 EMERGING COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

Recommended Electives for Professional Communication

COMM 5100 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING
COMM 5240 SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 5990 MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY AND WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION
COMM 6950 SEMINAR IN LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
COMM 6990 EMERGING COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

Recommended Two Year Schedule of Courses

FALLSPRINGINTERIMSUMMERFALLSPRING
5010 6040 (Online) Out of Department Course 6030 6050
5020
1. Elective 2. Elective 3. Elective 4. Elective 6. Elective
5. Elective