Master of Science in Communication

Master of Arts in Communication--Total Semester Hours=36

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study, the requirements for admission to the communication program are as follows:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE should be completed prior to the conclusion of the first long semester of enrollment.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale on all upper-division course work.
  4. Two favorable letters of recommendation.
  5. Additional consideration for admission will be based upon the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, involvement and level of responsibility in non-academic matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and socioeconomic background.
  6. Students who do not have a journalism or speech communication major or minor in their undergraduate studies may be required to take leveling courses as determined by the communication graduate faculty.

Degree Requirements

All candidates for the Master of Arts degree in communication must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all course work applied towards the degree.
  2. No more than six semester hours in independent study courses may be applied to this degree.
  3. A grade of "B" or better in each core course.
  4. Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive written and/or oral examination, to be taken during the student's last semester of enrollment, over the work covered in his or her degree program (see specific requirements of thesis and non-thesis options below).
  5. Students choosing the thesis option must submit a standard master's quality thesis involving original research and satisfactorily defend the thesis.
  6. Students choosing the non-thesis option must complete 36 hours of coursework and satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination over coursework taken.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (15 Hrs.)

COMM 5300:

Human Communication Theory

COMM 5305:

Theories of Mass Communication

COMM 5307:

Quantitative Methods of Investigation

COMM 5325:

Qualitative Methods of Investigation

COMM 5351:

Freedom and Responsibility of Communication

Elective Courses (15 hrs. for Thesis Option; 21 hrs. for Non-Thesis Option)

COMM 5301:

The Literature of Journalism

COMM 5302:

Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism

COMM 5303:

Public Opinion and Propaganda

COMM 5315:

Mass Media and Popular Culture

COMM 5328:

Leadership and the Group Process

COMM 5329:

Topics in Communication Theory

COMM 5330:

Gender and Communication

COMM 5335:

Seminar in Organizational Communication

COMM 5340:

Seminar in Intercultural Communication

COMM 5345:

New Media Theories and Applications

COMM 5350:

Nonverbal Communication

COMM 5399:

Independent Study

Thesis Option (6 hrs)

COMM 5395:

Thesis I

COMM 5396:

Thesis II