Welcome to the graduate program in the Division of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Our M.A. degree is a dynamic and flexible program that provides students with theoretical, practical, and critical knowledge spanning across the fields of interpersonal/organizational communication, public relations, and media studies. Taking courses across these domains provides students with a robust understanding of the communication discipline and an astute ability to transform communication scholarship into practice in a variety of domains, including industry and academia.
Students in our program enjoy small class sizes and individualized attention from experienced and dedicated faculty. With only two required courses students can customize their plan of study to meet their personal and professional needs. Our programs flexibility allows students to enroll either full-time or part-time, and students may choose between a 31-credit thesis or 31-credit non-thesis, project-based option to complete their degree.
Full-time students may apply for a graduate instructional assistantship and teach three discussion sections of a university-required public speaking course each semester. Graduate assistants receive an approximately $16,000 annual stipend, plus an out-of –state tuition waiver.
Our students also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty on research studies and creative endeavors as well as explore their own interests through course-related assignment or by working on independent research projects and creative works. Two newly outfitted research labs provide graduate students with the equipment and facilities to pursue these aims.
Our Relational Communication Research Lab is outfitted with a relaxed environment for conducting interviews and focus groups. The lab is also equipped with the latest data analysis software for students using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including AMOS and NVivo. Our Media Lab is home to over 20 Macs with the full Adobe Creative Cloud application suite, Final Cut Pro X, and additional professional photo and video platforms.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our dynamic and growing graduate program. I also encourage you to contact me directly at Melissa.Maier@uwsp.edu to learn more or to schedule a campus visit.
All the best,
Director of Graduate Studies