Nature of our program
We have a graduate degree that is different from what many other colleges
and universities offer. For example, our program emphasizes
critical/analytical thinking and research skills. It is a program with rigor
which encourages students to examine, through their coursework and
projects/theses, both the theoretical and applied nature of communication
concepts and theories. In a recent survey, 100% of the current and past
graduate students in our program surveyed said they were satisfied or very
satisfied with the overall quality of the program. People responding to that
survey remarked how accessible, friendly, and helpful the faculty were in
working with our graduate students. They also commented on the quality of the
faculty, wide variety of course offerings, and the balance of theory and
practice offered in classes.
Many large graduate programs have their students work largely independent
from the faculty. While there is a good deal of independent work in our program
(i.e. research papers), our students receive more guidance, support, and
opportunities to rewrite papers than you might find in other programs. Our class
sizes reflect this nurturing and supportive atmosphere—our graduate-only
seminars typically have from 6-10 students in each class. This allows for better
discussion, more individual attention, and a better learning experience for both
the students and the faculty.
Many students who have completed our program have entered high quality
Ph.D. programs. Most of the graduate students in our program enter the workplace
after completing their degree. Students enter a variety of jobs in media
organizations, traditional business and nonprofit settings, and public
relations. For a more detailed discussion of career options, please go to our
section labeled "emphasis areas-career options."
If you have any questions relating to our program, please e-mail Chris
or call 715.346.3898.