All candidates for the Master of Arts degree in communication must also meet the following requirements:
- A grade of "B" or better in each core course.
- A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all course work applied towards the degree.
- 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 above). Any student who fails the comprehensive examination may, upon recommendation of the Graduate Adviser, be granted permission to take a second examination. Any student failing the second examination will be dropped from the program.
- Thesis students must submit a standard master's quality thesis involving original research and satisfactorily defend the thesis.