Program Requirements

The Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Communication is a flexible program designed to help students meet their personal and  professional goals.
 
Required Courses

Students are required to take two courses—COMM  701: Introduction to Communication Graduate Studies and COMM 702: Graduate Research Methods—which help establish a foundational knowledge of communication theory and methodology.

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After completing these two requirements, students are allowed the freedom to take graduate seminars within and outside of the department or upper-level undergraduate courses that match their interests, as well as complete credits linked to their thesis or research project, to earn a minimum of 30-credit hours (15 of which have to be at the 700-level), in addition to the 1-hour colloquium credit.

Thesis or Project Option
Students may choose one of two options for completing their graduate degree: (1) thesis option, or (2) project option.
 
Option 1: Thesis Option 
The master’s thesis option allows students to conduct a theoretically based research project.  Students electing to complete a master’s thesis must take 24 credits of coursework, plus 6 hours of thesis credit, and one colloquium credit.
A student on a 2-year, thesis-track may have a plan of study that looks like this:
 
Year 1
 
Semester 2 (Spring)​ ​ ​
COMM 702​ Introduction to Communication Graduate Studies (Required) ​3
​COMM 7XX ​Graduate Seminar ​3
​COMM 5XX ​Graduate Slash Course ​3
Total​
 
Semester 2 (Spring)​ ​ ​
COMM 702​ Graduate Research Methods (Required) ​3
​COMM 7XX ​Graduate Seminar ​3
​COMM 5XX ​Graduate Slash Course ​3
Total​ 9​
 
 
Year 2
 
Semester 1 (Fall)​ ​ ​
COMM 7XX​ ​Graduate Semiar ​3
​COMM 5XX
​Graduate Slash Course ​3
Total​ 6
 
Semester 2 (Spring)​ ​ ​
COMM 799​ Thesis ​6
​COMM 797 Colloquium ​1
Total​ 7
 
Option 2: Project Option
The master’s project option allows to student to complete a project with an applied focus. Students completing a research project must earn 27 credits of coursework, plus 3 hours of project credit, and one colloquium credit.
A student on a 2-year, project-track may have a plan of study that looks like this:
 
Year 1
 
Semester 1 (Fall)​ ​ ​
COMM 701​ ​Introduction to Communication Graduate Studies (Required) ​3
​COMM 7XX
​Graduate Seminar ​3
​COMM 5XX ​Graduate Slash Course ​3
Total​ 9​
 
Semester 2 (Spring)​ ​ ​
COMM 702​ Graduate Research Methods (Required) ​3
​COMM 7XX ​Graduate Seminar ​3
​COMM 5XX ​Graduate Slash Course ​3
Total​ 9​
 
 
Year 2
 
Semester 1 (Fall)​ ​ ​
COMM 7XX​ ​Graduate Semiar ​3
​COMM 5XX
​Graduate Slash Course ​3
COMM XXX ​Graduate Slash Course or Seminar 3
Total​ 9
 
Semester 2 (Spring)​ ​ ​
COMM 799​ Thesis ​6
​COMM 797 Colloquium ​1
​Total ​4
 
Full-Time and Part-Time Options

We know that individuals have different needs and life circumstances; as such, students can elect to enroll in our graduate program either full-time or part-time.

Students who enroll full-time typically complete the program in two years, although they may elect to complete the program on a three-year plan. Additionally, full-time students are eligible to apply for a graduate instructional assistantship.