Master of Arts in Communication
The Master of Arts in Communication is a two-year graduate program in communication. The program offers graduate students advanced study of communication to understand, critique, and actively engage contemporary interpersonal, organizational, cultural, social, and media-related issues.
The program offers a vibrant intellectual community and supportive graduate culture. While earning a Master’s degree in Communication, students choose courses across three interrelated and mutually-supportive areas of study (see About tab below).
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About the MA in Communication
Graduate coursework provides a foundation in the broad field of communication and choices of culminating activities allow students to focus their studies and acquire expertise in communication that supports their unique academic, personal, or professional interests.
The program encourages students to explore topics in communication aligned with their own interests. The variety of elective courses offered including independent studies, reading and conferences, internship/practicum experiences, as well as the option to take a few courses outside the department provide opportunities to craft a meaningful academic experience that supports students’ unique interests and goals.
If you have any questions about the graduate program, the application process, or if you wish to learn more about how an M.A. in Communication might align with your interests, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies to answer any questions or find a time to meet and discuss our graduate program.
Matt Isbell, PhD
Communication Building, Room 220
The application deadline is January 15, 2019.
Making an application to both the Boise State University Graduate College and the M.A. in Communication Program is centralized in one online application system that you can initiate on the Graduate College’s How To Apply page. This online application system is unique as it allows applicants to create an account, begin the application process, save an incomplete application, and continue at a later time.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the online application system or process, please contact the Graduate College at 208-426-3903 or toll-free at 1-800-824-7017 #7. You may also email the Graduate College at email@example.com
The M.A. in Communication program requires completion of 31 credits and the successful defense of a culminating activity. With the guidance of graduate faculty advisors and committee members, students develop and pursue a plan of study in communication in support of their unique academic or professional interests.
Coursework begins with a 7 credit course sequence providing a foundation in communication research methods and communication theory and philosophy. An additional graduate seminar provides an introduction to graduate-level study of communication and an opportunity to develop a supportive graduate student cohort.
Students take 18 to 21 credits of elective courses to accomplish their specific plan of study. Elective courses develop expertise within and across the areas of relational and organizational communication studies, media studies, and critical/cultural communication studies.
The program concludes with 3 to 6 credits of a culminating activity in the form of a thesis, a project, or a comprehensive exam. Successful defense of a culminating activity demonstrates graduate expertise in communication. The choice of a culminating activity is made with guidance from a student’s graduate advisor and committee. Culminating activities provide students the opportunity to concentrate and specialize their learning in an area of their interest are often inspired by relevant social issues or problems, can further particular professional goals, and/or can serve as a foundation for pursuing a Ph.D. or other advanced degree.
The cost of participating in the MA in Communication program is very competitive when compared to other graduate programs across the West.
Full time Idaho resident graduate fees for attending the program are $8,702 a year (or $17,404 for two years). Full time non-resident students add $14,450 in non-resident tuition a year (or $28,900 for two years).
For more information on funding your education see the Graduate College’s site on funding graduate school.
Please see the following for information about Graduate Assistantships or Other Funding Opportunities.
Mentoring graduate students is an important part of a quality graduate experience. Our graduate faculty work closely with graduate students to support their graduate studies.
Graduate students are mentored by a supervisory committee consisting of a major advisor, who serves as chair of the supervisory Committee, plus at least two (but no more than four) additional members. The major advisor and supervisory committee guide student progress through the program. With the guidance of an advisor and committee, students develop a plan of study that supports their goals as aligned with the diverse field of communication.
The Graduate Student Handbook is a primary resource for advising current graduate students.
The director of graduate studies serves as the primary advisor for incoming graduate students:
Matt Isbell, PhD
Communication Building, Room 220
While the Graduate Handbook details which forms are needed and when they should be submitted, the following are links to the most common forms:
All graduate students pursuing an MA in Communication must complete the following forms. The Appointment of Supervisory Committee form and the Application of Admission to Candidacy form can be found at the Graduate College forms page and the plan of study form is internal to the Department of Communication and Media and can be found at the link below.
- Appointment of Supervisory Committee Form
- Application for Admission to Candidacy Form
- Plan of Study Form
All forms related to a thesis are available at the graduate college forms page. The most common forms include:
- Defense Notification Form
- Defense Committee Approval Page
- Report of Failure of a Final Oral Examination Form
- Final Reading Approval Page
- Access Agreement Form
All forms related to a project are internal to the Department of Communication and Media and can be found below.
- Project Defense Committee Approval Form
- Report of Failure of a Project Defense Form
- Final Project Approval Form
Comprehensive Exam Forms
The comprehensive examination plan and the defense committee approval form for a comprehensive exam are internal to the Department of Communication and Media and can be found below. The Report of Failure form can be found at the graduate college forms page.
Theses, Project, and Comprehensive Exams
The following is a list of graduates of the M.A. in Communication program, their chosen culminating activity, title of the student's work, date of graduation, and advisor name. Bound theses are available for review at the BSU Albertsons Library or via Scholar Works. Search ScholarWorks
Author Title Type Date Advisor Shanna Hagenah Keep Your Voice to Yourself: Experiences of Women of Color in Higher Education Thesis August 2018 John McClellan, Ph.D. Nikki Cannon Nature Around, Nature Within: Expanding Connections between Communities and Nature Project May 2018 Matthew Isbell, Ph.D. Therese Woozley Teaching Media Literacy: Online Supplements for Interactive Learning Project May 2018 Seth Ashley, Ph.D. Julia Broderick Invisible dis/abilities: To disclose or not disclose? Thesis May 2018 Kelly Rossetto, Ph.D. Sara Lausch Inviting mindful silence into pedagogy: Supporting agency, voice, and critical engagement through silence Thesis May 2018 Kelly Rossetto, Ph.D. & erin mcclellan Ph.D. Tammy Gordon Communicating the Message: The Relationship Between Intergovernmental Collaboration and Final Messaging to the Public Thesis December 2017 John McClellan, Ph.D. Lonnie Jackson "Discourse and Identity: An Autoenthnographic Resistance Beyond a Fixed Athlete Subject Position" Thesis August 2017 erin mcclellan, Ph.D. Kayla Griffin "Embodied Rhetoric and the Blue Campaign: On Human Trafficking Awareness" Thesis August 2017 erin mcclellan, Ph.D. Jefferey Greene Communication and the Challenges of Multi-Racial Identity Comprehensive Examination May 2017 John McClellan, Ph.D. Jesse Oliver Dialogue Theory and Social Media Comprehensive Examination May 2017 John McClellan, Ph.D. Mark Galaviz "Trauma and Transformation: An Autoethnographic Narrative" Project May 2017 Rulon Wood, PH.D. Stela Saltaga "Students' Experiences of Othering: Recommendations for Inclusive Classroom Climates" Thesis May 2017 John McClellan, Ph.D. Tiffani Issacson "Romantically Themes Media and the Development of Children's Understanding of Love" Thesis August 2016 John McClellan, Ph.D. Howie Long "eLearning: Exploring Correlations among Nonacademic Social Support, Identity, and Student Success" Thesis August 2016 John McClellan, Ph.D. Wilcox, Carissa K. Discourse Analysis of Nonprofit Organizational Communication Scholarship: A Revised Call for Scholars Thesis May 2016 John McClellan, Ph.D. Strong, Rachel "What Constitutes Marriage": A Qualitative Study of Same-Sex Couples' Experience with Marriage Thesis May 2016 erin mcclellan, Ph.D. New, Anna Women in STEM: (Re)Negotiating Discourses and Identity Thesis May 2016 John McClellan, Ph.D. Hart, Eva Marie Cohabitation: If You Like It You Should Plan to Put a Ring on It Thesis May 2016 Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Banner, Marshiela M. The Radical Act of Mommy Blogging: Challenging Dominant Narratives of Motherhood Through Literal and Figurative Rhetoric Thesis May 2016 Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Poteet, Kinzi “It Was All A Dream”: A Close Textual Analysis of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” as an Alternate American Dream Narrative Thesis 2015 May erin mcclellan, Ph.D. Jacobs, Shannon K. Approaching Communication with Marx: On the Symbolic Reproduction of Social Relations Thesis 2015 May Julie Lane Ph.D. Schlaich, Josh Meet Me Monday: Case Study on a Community Health Program Through the Lens of the Elaboration Likelihood Model Thesis 2015 December Julie Lane, Ph.D. Ogawa, Marcus Men and the Socially Created Stigma of Anorexia Thesis 2015 December John McClellan, Ph.D. McCarter, Matthew A Structurational Approach to Organizational Change: Exploring Idaho’s Students Come First Initiative Thesis 2015 August John McClellan, Ph.D. Conroy, Norell Pussy Riot and a Theory of Emancipatory Social Movement Rhetoric Thesis 2015 August erin mcclellan, Ph.D. Boatman, Megan I Bake, He Grills: Relationships in the Kitchen Thesis 2014 May Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Kunz, Teresa Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law Relationship Satisfaction: Revealing the Importance of Communication and Dialogue Thesis 2014 May John McClellan, Ph.D. Kampic, Sasa Dialectic of Enlightenment: Fragments from the Past for Contemporary Communication Studies Thesis 2014 May Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Lang, Jamie K. Narrating Gender: A Feminist Approach to the Narratives of the Transgender Experience Thesis 2014 May Natalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D. Soza, Amanda Girls will be Girls: Discourse, Poststructuralist Feminism, and Media Presentations of Women Thesis 2014 May John McClellan, Ph.D. Kopczynski, Jared Organizing livelihoods: an examination of political discourses organizing a public park Thesis 2014 March John McClellan, Ph.D. Wolfe, James Self-Actualization on Steroids: An Exploration of Social Skills, Dating, and Lifestyle Training for Heterosexual Men in a Western Context Thesis 2014 August Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Duan, Xiaojin The Democratic Promise of Microblogging: An Analysis of Microblog Posts and Newspaper Reports about the July 23 Wenzhou Train Crash in China Thesis 2013 May Julie Lane, Ph.D. Herring, Krista A. Identity, Identification, and Change: An Examination of Nuns’ Lived Experiences Post Vatican II Thesis 2013 May Mary Frances Casper, Ph.D. Simenc, Tabitha Anchoring the News with Comedy: Considering the Role of Critique in News through an Analysis of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Thesis 2013 December Seth Ashley, Ph.D. Glynn, Kasha Always a Bridesmaid Never a Bride: Examining the Deinstitutionalization of Marriage and the Modern Day Spinster Thesis 2013 December Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Cleary, Stephanie Individuals’ Privacy Conceptions and Perceptions: A Translation from Privacy in General to Privacy with Gmail and Google Thesis 2013 August Julie Lane, Ph.D. Poston, James Political Advertising in the 2012 Presidential Election: How Visual and Aural Techniques are Used to Convey Meaning Thesis 2013 August Rick Moore, Ph.D. Browning, David Andrew Student-Athletes’ Perceptions Toward Identity and Life After Sport Thesis 2012 December Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Douglas, Marlon The Power of Stories: A Communicative Investigation of Dancehall Narratives and Caribbean Culture Thesis 2012 December erin mcclellan, Ph.D. Rijkenberg, Wijnand An Investigation of Corporate Identification and Disidentification Thesis 2012 December Natalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D. Mishra, Ashutosh Orientalism and Media Representations of Iran in the USA Thesis 2012 August Renu Dube, Ph.D. Vander Boegh, Lacey Let’s Make a Connection: Understanding How Physically Interactive Technology is Taking the Virtual to the Physical Thesis 2012 August John McClellan, Ph.D. Duchow-Moore, Ashley Exploring Dialectics in Grandparent Grief: Communication With Family and Friends Following the Death of a Grandchild Thesis 2011 May Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Carlson, Heather The Metroburb: American Values in Facebook Culture Thesis 2011 December Mary Frances Casper, PhD. Hong, Malcolm User Motivations for Using Business Facebook Pages Thesis 2011 August Mary Frances Casper, PhD. Scott, Ryan LDCommunity.com: Helping Educate Students and Postsecondary Instructors about Learning Disabilities Thesis 2010 May Peter Wollheim, Ph.D. Gatfield, James R. Stepping Away From the Ring: An Autoethnographic Study of Hero Worship Created Through Media Consumption Thesis 2010 May Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Lang, Donna Stepfamily stories: How stories about rituals communicate a sense of family Thesis 2010 May Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Lundy, Jonathon Still Flying: The Communicative Constitution of Browncoat Fandom as Culture Thesis 2010 December Natalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D. Verhulp, Danielle Speaking Engagement: The Correlation Between Communication Apprehension and Student Involvement in the University Environment Thesis 2009 May Peter Wollheim, Ph.D. Rysavy, Wayne E. Virtually There: Social Structure Over Time and Space Thesis 2009 June Natalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D. Bohannon, Katie L. Women in White Coats: Female Physician Role Enactment in Medical Clinic Interactions Thesis 2009 June Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Jones, Stephanie M. Constructing Marriage: A Thematic Analysis of Self-Help Books on Marriage Thesis 2009 December Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Woffinden, Ritch An Organizational Communication Perspective on the University: Understanding How Individuals Constitute Organizations Thesis 2009 August Natalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D. Dewey, Matthew The Socio-Political Formation of Contemporary Expressive Value: Implications of Value in Democratic Media Reform Thesis 2008 May Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Brandt, Jaclyn Captivating Distractions: Marketing Music in Consolidated Markets Thesis 2008 December Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Naillon, Catherine The Deviant Spectacle: Lessons for the Field of Communication from Literature on Sadomasochism Thesis 2008 April Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Bennett, Michelle Cyber-Muckraking: A Critical Examination of the Rhetoric of Geoffrey Davidian’s Online Publication The Putnam Pit Using the Pentadic Analysis of Burkean Dramatism Thesis 2007 October Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Ellis, Tim Leadership in the Fourth Dimension: A Comparative Analysis and Integrative Reformulation of Chaos and Complexity Research in Leadership Communication Studies Thesis 2007 November Rick Moore, Ph.D. Moore, Christine Lukas Sex and the City: Cosmopolitans, Sexuality and Singledom – Is this Feminism? Thesis 2007 May Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Dawson, Mary Transformational Leadership: “What’s Gender Got To Do With It”? Thesis 2007 July Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Barsotti, Kira Feminism(s) for the Privileged Few: (Re)Introducing Class into Feminist Theory Thesis 2007 April Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Wolf, Carissa Alienated Newsworkers and the Audience Commodity: Toward a Marxist Theory of Audience Commodification and Alienated Journalism Practice Thesis 2007 April Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Travis, Brianna Systematically Distorted Communication as Opposition to Freedom: The Case of Theocracy In America Thesis 2006 October Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. De Jana, Kathryn The Dominant Paradigm: Its Persistence, Consequences, and Participatory Alternatives in Development Communication Studies Thesis 2006 May Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Hicks, Manda V. Sites of Nurse Production: A Post-Structuralist Examination Thesis 2006 April Peter Wollheim, Ph.D. Sands, Tamara M. Men as Allies: An Inclusive Vision for a Feminist Future Thesis 2005 November Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Musanovic, Emina Communicating Authenticity Through Ersatz Cultures: The Fabrication of Identity as Nationalist Populism in Post-Communist Yugoslavia Thesis 2005 May Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Vander Boegh, Matt C. The Erinys Thesis 2005 March Robert Rudd, Ph.D. Walker, Joseph G. Proselytizing in Japan: A Case Study of Cross-Cultural Barriers in Religious Conversion-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in East Asia 1945-2002 Thesis 2005 March Renu Dube, Ph.D. Woodfin, Fabiana Lost in Translation: Recovering the Critical in Gramsci’s Philosophy of Praxis Thesis 2005 July Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Matlock, Dean L. Hate Rhetoric and the Rhetorical Strategy of Typology, Transfer, and Dramatic Presentation: A Critical Analysis of Four Sermons by Wesley A. Swift Thesis 2005 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Kirkwood, Ann D. Stigmatic Oppression of People with Disabilities: A Three Stage Multidisciplinary Model for Attitude Change Thesis 2004 November Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Ytreeide, Arnold L. Feature Film as Social Intervention Thesis 2004 November Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Echeverria, Diana Promoting the Basque Country to an American Market Thesis 2004 May Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Hegbloom, Maria Bringing the Question of Domination to Communication and the Democratic Reconstruction of Society: A Critical Appropriation of Gadamer, Dewey and Habermas Thesis 2004 March Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Widi, William John Major Trends in Communication Theory in Light of Stephen Pepper’s Root Metaphors Thesis 2004 March Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Rose, Kellie A. Ideologies Implicit in the War on Terrorism: A Rhetorical Analysis of Speeches from Opposing Voices Thesis 2004 August Suzanne McCorkle, Ph.D. Hudson, Megan Rae Design and Development of an E-Mentoring Program Literacy as Democratic Action Thesis 2004 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Larios-Cowmey, Silvia J. An Autoethnographic Account of Intercultural Communication: Growing Up Mexican-American in Rural Idaho Thesis 2004 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Harrison, Kevin R. The Tension of Expressiveness: Reading Adorno on Behalf of the Subject Thesis 2004 April Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Gregory, Art …And That Reminds Me of a Story: How Zamzows Defines It’s Organizational Culture Through Storytelling Thesis 2003 October Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Catt-Oliason, Pam Aging Definitions Under Construction Thesis 2003 October Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Winter, Mike Communication. Meaning, and the Musical Gesture Thesis 2003 October Mary Rohlfing, Ph.D. Johnson, Ann K. Habermas, Nietzsche, and West: Critiquing and Complementing Notions of Social Democracy Via Existential Ethics and Aesthetics Thesis 2003 March Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Peterson, Lisa C. Usama bin Laden-as-enemy: An Interpretive Ideological Criticism of the Process of Enemy Development Witnessed in American Political Cartoons between September 11, 2001, and March 11, 2002 Thesis 2003 March Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. MeGee-Werner, Michelle A. Survivalism in America: A Narrative Analysis of Stories from the World Trade Center Disaster Thesis 2003 March Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Catt-Oliason, Jerald Listening with Ricoeur: A Hermeneutic for Listening Theory Thesis 2003 February Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Valentine, Gayle Antoinette Between the Silences Thesis 2003 April Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Carlo, Joni D. Against the Pursuit of Common Meanings: Toward a Nietzchean Perspective on Communication Thesis 2002 October Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Keller, Angela Marie Caring Connections, From Conventional to Post Conventional Perspectives Thesis 2002 November Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Zhu, Hong Achieving Conversion: A Chinese Ethnography of the Boise Chinese Christian Fellowship Thesis 2002 November Rick Moore, Ph.D. Torrez, Everado NARCO Thesis 2002 November Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Etter, Jennifer Anne Susan Faludi’s Themes of Contemporary Masculinity as Offered in Stiffed: An Application of Dr. Richard Boyatzis Qualitative Thematic Analysis Thesis 2002 November Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Richards, Peggy Agape Light Ministries: A Communication-as-Community-Building Organization Thesis 2002 May Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Edmundson, Kimberly Ethnography of Everquest: Fehr’s Four Factor Friendship Formation Model in an Online MMORPG Environment Thesis 2002 May Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. DuBois, Rene A Philosophical Critique of Objectifying Conceptions of Learners: The Case of Computerizing Communication and Education Thesis 2002 May Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Alzie, Julia Wilson Face-Off: the Facework Experiences of German and American Foreign Exchange Students Thesis 2002 May Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Graham, Jezreel J. Articulation Theory as the Politicization of Communication Theory: Toward a Framework for a Critique of Political Praxis Thesis 2002 March Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Adamson, Melanie Brook The Subjective Meaning of Rituals in Marriage Thesis 2002 July Heidi Reeder, Ph.D. Owen, Lauri J. Reasonable and Necessary Force: An Autoethnographic Case Study of a Boise, Idaho Law Enforcement Agency 1990-2000 Thesis 2001 April Mary Rohlfing, Ph.D. Holler, Brian P. Storylines in Professional Wrestling: A Pentadic Analysis of the Pay-Per-Views Held by the World Wrestling Federation in 2000 Thesis 2001 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Burke, Kimberly Devereux U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Web Site Template: Towards Two-Way Symmetrical Communication on the Internet Thesis 2000 November Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Williams, Kerenza Toward a Framework of Covert Interaction Thesis 2000 July Mary Rohlfing, Ph.D. Klassen, Melissa R. Hidden Hurdles: Discovering Barriers for Medical Malpractice Mediation Thesis 2000 July Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D. Sorensen, Andrea J Subtle Sabotage: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Subversive Managerial Behaviors During Organizational Transformation Thesis 2000 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Cross, Love M. Rural High School Student Culture in the Wake of a School Shooting: An Ethnography Thesis 2000 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Hoess, Ines Investing in the Public Sphere: A Public Service Proposal Based on the Theory of Communicative Action for Mass Communication Research Thesis 1999 December Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Baird, Linda L. Transformational Paradigms and Public Participation: Developing New Structures for Public Participation in Agency Decision Making Thesis 1999 April Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Howell, Stacee Creating A Transformational Volunteer Program Thesis 1999 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. McClish, Carmen L. The Art of Resistance: Postmodern Contributions to a Feminist Perspective on Exploring Differences Among Women’s Movements (an “interpretative reading” of the local feminist zine, Pok. A . Dot) Thesis 1999 April Mary Rohlfing, Ph.D. Drummond-Reeves, Susan High Performance Work Systems: An Emancipated and Empowered Approach to Work Thesis 1998 May Ben L. Parker, Ph.D. Strong, Janet Maureen Parental Use of Intentional Embarrassment Thesis 1998 July Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Wang, Yan Foster the Right and Punish the Wrong: A Critical Analysis of a Chinese Investigative Television Program Thesis 1998 December Rick Moore, Ph.D. Pobst, James Herbert Putting the Public Back into the Public Sphere: ‘Informal Communicative Practices’ as a Community-Centric Idea of Public Communication Thesis 1998 August Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Mohamadzadeh, Gissou Suspended in Time: Uncertainty and Change In Organizations Thesis 1998 April Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Ballenger, Nick J. The Organization’s Communicatively Developed Context and It’s Influence During Organizational Change Thesis 1997 June Marvin Cox, Ph.D. Bragg, Christopher George The First Amendment and the Ideal Democracy Thesis 1997 July Robert Rudd, Ph.D. McAlister, Joan Faber Containing the Critical: Media Praxis and the Journal of Communication Inquiry Thesis 1996 August Ed McLuskie, Ph.D. Littlejohns, Lori Baugh Senior Managements’ Perceptions of Organizational Stress Thesis 1994 November Marvin Cox, Ph.D.
“I chose the MA in Communication because I see value in understanding how meaning is made through language and interaction in organizations. This knowledge increases my capacity and effectiveness to make positive change and solve problems.” (Matt M., ‘15)
“After graduating with my B.A. I took a semester off before applying to the M.A. program. I knew I wanted to continue at Boise State for my M.A. The faculty in the communication department takes the time to get to know you, differentiate programmatic material for student interest, and foster education in a way that treats students like partners in learning.” (Amanda S., ‘14)
“I moved to Boise and began full-time employment with local advertising agency where I worked for almost two years before deciding to return to school to pursue a graduate degree…The MA in Communication seemed to align with my professional goals…I also appreciated the approach to the study of communication offered by the courses.” (Megan B., ‘14)
“During my time as a student-athlete I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication… due to unfortunate injuries (or now happy circumstance), I found myself with two additional years of eligibility. I decided to pursue a M.A. in Communication, which was undoubtedly the best academic decision I’ve ever made. (Kinzi P., ‘15)
What was the best thing about studying Communication at Boise State?
“My experience within the program was just what someone should expect from graduate level study; enlightening and challenging. Expanding your understanding of the world through various communicative perspectives is a self-immersing process. A process that was satisfying when the light bulb slowly began to come on. One of the strengths of the program, in my opinion, was being blessed with a team of knowledgeable professors with caring personalities to complement their respective teaching styles. My thought processes were continually challenged while being supported and encouraged by all.” (Marlon D., ‘12)
“One of the best things about studying Communication at Boise State is the renowned faculty and in particular my advisor. Her brilliance and passion for communication is incomparable. She encouraged me to engage with the world critically, challenged me to become a more articular surveyor of communication scholarship and helped me to develop a thoughtful and provocative thesis.” (Kinzi P., ‘15)
“A high point of the program is the level of interaction between students and professors. Faculty are very supportive and accessible; the diverse backgrounds of my fellow students contributed to rich discussion, which demonstrated how Communication theory plays out in real life. Additionally, faculty was effective in demonstrating how communication studies equip us to ‘complicate’, or challenge an argument or perspective. This practice has been invaluable to me.” (Matt M., ‘15)
“One of the best things about the BSU Communication Department is the encouragement of open dialogue. In class, everyone was encouraged and invited to share their opinion and talk about real world issues.” (Shannon J., ‘15)
“Graduate school allows you to learn the reasons behind the skills, and how to come up with new skills that can change lives, including your own. The contribution I provide to interpersonal relationships, team dynamics, and communication initiatives in my workplace and personal life has improved drastically since spending time in the graduate program in Communication at Boise State.” (Josh S., ‘15)
“My big take-away from the program is understanding how to effectively question and complicate taken for granted assumptions about individuals, relationships and organizations. I carry this idea with me every day. I frequently come across situations that would be great thesis projects- the program sparked a broader range of curiosity and interest in human behavior and interaction.” (Matt M., ‘15)
“I really enjoyed my time as a graduate student, my cohort became (and remained) my close friends, my ideas and perspectives were expanded in ways I never expected, my classes were challenging and rewarding” (Amanda S., ‘14)
“The tools that I have been equipped have allowed me to view the world in a different way. A way that permits the emergence of multiple truths to navigate through various world views and critically analyze different scenarios.” (Marlon D., ‘12)
“The MA experience broadened my ability to ask the right questions and helped me grow through humility, questioning, approaching a situation from counter-intuitive theoretical perspectives and being pressed by faculty and students to explain my position. This experience ignited a thirst for expanding my network of peers- especially those who approach the world differently than I. From a practical perspective, I am also a much better writer now than when I started the program.” (Matt M., ‘15)
“Learning more about the field of communication and the different perspectives of thought that guide how we think, act, and talk is something that I use in my daily life. The ways in which communication organizes individuals is a huge part of both my personal and professional lives. (Amanda S., ‘14)
“The opportunity to examine the role communication in a wide variety of settings (organizational, interpersonal, in the media) and through a range of theoretical lenses greatly increased my ability to think critically and articulate an evidence-supported perspective. The opportunity to lead in-class discussions around complex and often abstract topics sharpened my capacity for relationship building among diverse perspectives, something I find that crucial for success in higher education.” (Megan B., ‘14)
“I learned and developed critical thinking skills in the MA program. I learned how to ask the right questions and I developed an awareness to help analyze aspects that are often taken for granted. (Shannon J., ‘15)
“Without my MA in Communication from Boise State, I wouldn’t be where I am professionally. I am currently Public Relations and Digital Communications Manager for a system of hospitals, clinics, and providers that stretches from Boise, Idaho to Baker City, Oregon. In my current role, I provide communications leadership for all facilities and individuals within our system, including media and community relations, messaging, crisis communication, administrative communication, recruitment and retention communications, digital communications, and more.” (Josh S., ‘15)
“I served as the Director of Communication and Development for a private elementary school and recently accepted a position as the Director of Development for a non-profit… My M.A. in Communication has given me the tools to take what I’ve learned in the M.A. program and apply it to life after BSU in the professional sphere and beyond.” (Amanda S., ‘14)
“My MA assisted me in landing employment within the workforce. Currently, I am a Director of Business Development for a local hospice and home health agency within the city of Pueblo. My primary job duties include establishing, building, and maintaining working relationships to serve mutual clients within our community. Gaining knowledge from the graduate program has been applicable in understanding various personalities in the workforce and life in general while utilizing the best communicative measures to gel with different persons ultimately creating a productive work environment.” (Marlon D., ‘12)
“The MA in Communication program at Boise State University afforded me the opportunity to grow both my professional and academic skillsets in a setting that encouraged intellectual growth and risk-taking. The program helped me transition into full-time employment in a higher education setting, and it has certainly helped contribute to my continued success as a student affairs practitioner devoted to improving our student’s success!” (Megan B., ‘14)
“Currently, I am a professional writer at a global healthcare technology company in the Denver, CO area. I work in the Engineering department to develop product information for surgical navigation systems for surgeons and medical professionals. My MA in Communication at BSU contributes to my problem-solving solving skills and raising important issues in my current role. The team I work with is constantly trying to improve our processes to deliver quality products for patients. (Shannon J., ‘15)