Master of Arts in Communication

In the Division of Communication you may work toward the Master of Arts (MA) in organizational communication, interpersonal communication, public relations and media studies. Many students elect to take most of their courses in one area and one or two courses in an adjunct area. Some will achieve a blend between areas, depending upon how they define an area of concentration. Working with your advisor, you define a plan of study best suited to your career/academic goals.

 
Although a full-time student can complete this program in two years, many plan a two- to seven-year part-time program. You must earn a minimum of 30 graduate credits, plus one credit for colloquium, but many students finish with more than 31 credits.
 
The graduate program in Communication is a program that attracts a wide variety of students. We have both part-time and full-time students, students with job experience and students who enter the program immediately following their undergraduate degree, and students with a variety of interests and career goals. As such, we offer two options for the culminating experience required to complete the degree. Students may choose between completing a thesis, a research study with more of a theoretical focus, or a project, which is a research project with a more applied focus. The differences between completing the thesis and project option are explained below.
 

Program Planning


Students may choose one of two options for completing their graduate degree:
 
Option 1: Thesis Option
24 credits of coursework, plus 6 credits for thesis, and one colloquium credit
 
Option 2: Project Option
27 credits of coursework, plus 3 credits for project, and one colloquium credit
 
Students choosing option 1 will, with the help of the graduate advisor, form their thesis advisory committee which consist of an advisor and two additional members. After you have completed at least 15 credits, the advisory committee approves the selection of a thesis topic, rationale, and method to be used for the study. When the advisory committee approves your thesis proposal, you must enroll in one or more hours of thesis credit to maintain your status as an MA candidate. We count no more than 6 thesis credits towards your 31 credit degree requirement.
 
Students choosing option 2, with the help of the graduate advisor, form their project committee which consists of an advisor and two additional members. After you have completed at least 15 credits, the advisory committee approves the selection of your project topic, rationale and method to be used for conducting the project. When the advisory committee approves your project proposal, you must enroll in one or more hours of project credit to maintain your status as an MA candidate. We count no more than 3 project credits towards your 31 credit degree requirement.
 
All graduate students in the program must have at least 15 credits in 700 level courses (of which no more than 3 credits can be independent study). As part of the 700 level course requirement, students are required to take Communication 701 (Introduction to Graduate Studies) and Communication 702 (Research Methods) in addition to at least 2 graduate seminars from within the UWSP Division of Communication graduate seminar offerings. Furthermore, all students, in addition to taking 1 credit of colloquium, must also give a presentation about their thesis or project at a colloquium.
 
*Please note: We only accept students into our program for the fall semester. The deadline for applications for consideration for acceptance is March 1st of each year.  We will most likely have 3-4 graduate assistantships available in the Fall of 2015.  People who apply after the March deadline will be considered--but only if there are available openings following the regular acceptance process.

Please be sure to contact the graduate director, Chris Sadler, if you have any questions about our program, the graduate assistantship, and/or whether our program meets your academic and career goals.
 
***If your e-mail address is from HOTMAIL, AOL, OR YAHOO it is very likely that if you contact the graduate director by e-mail that your message will be put into a spam folder (and thus not read). While that folder is checked regularly, it is possible your message would be lost. Thus, if you are going to contact the graduate director via e-mail and have a HOTMAIL, AOL, OR YAHOO account, please call 346-3898 first and alert the graduate director that an e-mail will be arriving (so that your address can be added to a list so all e-mails you send are received). Also, please in the subject heading type in capital letters GRADUATE INQUIRY so your e-mail will not be missed in a spam folder.
 
If you have any questions relating to our program, please e-mail Chris Sadler csadler@uwsp.edu or call 715.346.3898.

Graduate Program

  
Nature of the Program
Graduate Assistantship Information for U.S. Students
Emphasis Areas and Career Options
Important Information for Foreign Students
Timeline for Graduate Study
Required Coursework
Admission Packet for U.S. Students
Admissions Pack for Foreign Students
Graduate Faculty
Testimonials