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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).

  • 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.

    QUESTIONS?

    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
    matthewisbell@boisestate.edu
    (208) 426-3332
    Communication Building, Room 220

  • Apply

    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.

    Questions?

    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 gradcoll@boisestate.edu

  • Program Requirements

    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.

  • Funding

    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.

  • Graduate Advising

    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
    matthewisbell@boisestate.edu
    (208) 426-3332
    Communication Building, Room 220

  • FORMS

    While the Graduate Handbook details which forms are needed and when they should be submitted, the following are links to the most common forms:

    General 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.

     

    Thesis Forms

    All forms related to a thesis are available at the graduate college forms page. The most common forms include:

     

    Project Forms

    All forms related to a project are internal to the Department of Communication and Media and can be found below.

     

    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

    AuthorTitleTypeDateAdvisor
    Shanna HagenahKeep Your Voice to Yourself: Experiences of Women of Color in Higher EducationThesisAugust 2018John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Nikki CannonNature Around, Nature Within: Expanding Connections between Communities and NatureProjectMay 2018Matthew Isbell, Ph.D.
    Therese WoozleyTeaching Media Literacy: Online Supplements for Interactive LearningProjectMay 2018Seth Ashley, Ph.D.
    Julia BroderickInvisible dis/abilities: To disclose or not disclose? ThesisMay 2018Kelly Rossetto, Ph.D.
    Sara LauschInviting mindful silence into pedagogy: Supporting agency, voice, and critical engagement through silenceThesisMay 2018Kelly Rossetto, Ph.D. & erin mcclellan Ph.D.
    Tammy GordonCommunicating the Message: The Relationship Between Intergovernmental Collaboration and Final Messaging to the PublicThesisDecember 2017John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Lonnie Jackson"Discourse and Identity: An Autoenthnographic Resistance Beyond a Fixed Athlete Subject Position"ThesisAugust 2017erin mcclellan, Ph.D.
    Kayla Griffin"Embodied Rhetoric and the Blue Campaign: On Human Trafficking Awareness"ThesisAugust 2017erin mcclellan, Ph.D.
    Jefferey GreeneCommunication and the Challenges of Multi-Racial IdentityComprehensive ExaminationMay 2017John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Jesse OliverDialogue Theory and Social MediaComprehensive ExaminationMay 2017John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Mark Galaviz"Trauma and Transformation: An Autoethnographic Narrative"ProjectMay 2017Rulon Wood, PH.D.
    Stela Saltaga"Students' Experiences of Othering: Recommendations for Inclusive Classroom Climates"ThesisMay 2017John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Tiffani Issacson"Romantically Themes Media and the Development of Children's Understanding of Love"ThesisAugust 2016John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Howie Long"eLearning: Exploring Correlations among Nonacademic Social Support, Identity, and Student Success"ThesisAugust 2016John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Wilcox, Carissa K.Discourse Analysis of Nonprofit Organizational Communication Scholarship: A Revised Call for Scholars ThesisMay 2016John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Strong, Rachel "What Constitutes Marriage": A Qualitative Study of Same-Sex Couples' Experience with Marriage ThesisMay 2016erin mcclellan, Ph.D.
    New, Anna Women in STEM: (Re)Negotiating Discourses and IdentityThesisMay 2016John McClellan, Ph.D.
    Hart, Eva Marie Cohabitation: If You Like It You Should Plan to Put a Ring on ItThesisMay 2016 Heidi Reeder, Ph.D.
    Banner, Marshiela M.The Radical Act of Mommy Blogging: Challenging Dominant Narratives of Motherhood Through Literal and Figurative Rhetoric ThesisMay 2016Heidi 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 NarrativeThesis2015 Mayerin mcclellan, Ph.D.
    Jacobs, Shannon K.Approaching Communication with Marx: On the Symbolic Reproduction of Social RelationsThesis2015 MayJulie Lane Ph.D.
    Schlaich, Josh Meet Me Monday: Case Study on a Community Health Program Through the Lens of the Elaboration Likelihood ModelThesis2015 DecemberJulie Lane, Ph.D.
    Ogawa, MarcusMen and the Socially Created Stigma of AnorexiaThesis2015 DecemberJohn McClellan, Ph.D.
    McCarter, MatthewA Structurational Approach to Organizational Change: Exploring Idaho’s Students Come First InitiativeThesis2015 AugustJohn McClellan, Ph.D.
    Conroy, Norell Pussy Riot and a Theory of Emancipatory Social Movement RhetoricThesis2015 Augusterin mcclellan, Ph.D.
    Boatman, MeganI Bake, He Grills: Relationships in the KitchenThesis2014 MayHeidi Reeder, Ph.D.
    Kunz, TeresaMother-in-law and Daughter-in-law Relationship Satisfaction: Revealing the Importance of Communication and DialogueThesis2014 MayJohn McClellan, Ph.D.
    Kampic, Sasa Dialectic of Enlightenment: Fragments from the Past for Contemporary Communication StudiesThesis2014 MayEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Lang, Jamie K.Narrating Gender: A Feminist Approach to the Narratives of the Transgender ExperienceThesis2014 MayNatalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D.
    Soza, AmandaGirls will be Girls: Discourse, Poststructuralist Feminism, and Media Presentations of WomenThesis2014 MayJohn McClellan, Ph.D.
    Kopczynski, JaredOrganizing livelihoods: an examination of political discourses organizing a public parkThesis2014 MarchJohn McClellan, Ph.D.
    Wolfe, James Self-Actualization on Steroids: An Exploration of Social Skills, Dating, and Lifestyle Training for Heterosexual Men in a Western ContextThesis2014 AugustHeidi Reeder, Ph.D.
    Duan, XiaojinThe Democratic Promise of Microblogging: An Analysis of Microblog Posts and Newspaper Reports about the July 23 Wenzhou Train Crash in ChinaThesis2013 MayJulie Lane, Ph.D.
    Herring, Krista A.Identity, Identification, and Change: An Examination of Nuns’ Lived Experiences Post Vatican IIThesis2013 MayMary Frances Casper, Ph.D.
    Simenc, TabithaAnchoring the News with Comedy: Considering the Role of Critique in News through an Analysis of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”Thesis2013 DecemberSeth Ashley, Ph.D.
    Glynn, KashaAlways a Bridesmaid Never a Bride: Examining the Deinstitutionalization of Marriage and the Modern Day SpinsterThesis2013 DecemberLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Cleary, StephanieIndividuals’ Privacy Conceptions and Perceptions: A Translation from Privacy in General to Privacy with Gmail and GoogleThesis2013 AugustJulie Lane, Ph.D.
    Poston, JamesPolitical Advertising in the 2012 Presidential Election: How Visual and Aural Techniques are Used to Convey MeaningThesis2013 AugustRick Moore, Ph.D.
    Browning, David AndrewStudent-Athletes’ Perceptions Toward Identity and Life After SportThesis2012 DecemberLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Douglas, MarlonThe Power of Stories: A Communicative Investigation of Dancehall Narratives and Caribbean CultureThesis2012 Decembererin mcclellan, Ph.D.
    Rijkenberg, WijnandAn Investigation of Corporate Identification and DisidentificationThesis2012 DecemberNatalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D.
    Mishra, AshutoshOrientalism and Media Representations of Iran in the USAThesis2012 AugustRenu Dube, Ph.D.
    Vander Boegh, LaceyLet’s Make a Connection: Understanding How Physically Interactive Technology is Taking the Virtual to the PhysicalThesis2012 AugustJohn McClellan, Ph.D.
    Duchow-Moore, AshleyExploring Dialectics in Grandparent Grief: Communication With Family and Friends Following the Death of a GrandchildThesis2011 MayLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Carlson, HeatherThe Metroburb: American Values in Facebook CultureThesis2011 DecemberMary Frances Casper, PhD.
    Hong, MalcolmUser Motivations for Using Business Facebook PagesThesis2011 AugustMary Frances Casper, PhD.
    Scott, RyanLDCommunity.com: Helping Educate Students and Postsecondary Instructors about Learning DisabilitiesThesis2010 MayPeter Wollheim, Ph.D.
    Gatfield, James R.Stepping Away From the Ring: An Autoethnographic Study of Hero Worship Created Through Media ConsumptionThesis2010 MayLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Lang, DonnaStepfamily stories: How stories about rituals communicate a sense of familyThesis2010 MayLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Lundy, JonathonStill Flying: The Communicative Constitution of Browncoat Fandom as CultureThesis2010 DecemberNatalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D.
    Verhulp, DanielleSpeaking Engagement: The Correlation Between Communication Apprehension and Student Involvement in the University EnvironmentThesis2009 MayPeter Wollheim, Ph.D.
    Rysavy, Wayne E.Virtually There: Social Structure Over Time and SpaceThesis2009 JuneNatalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D.
    Bohannon, Katie L.Women in White Coats: Female Physician Role Enactment in Medical Clinic InteractionsThesis2009 JuneHeidi Reeder, Ph.D.
    Jones, Stephanie M.Constructing Marriage: A Thematic Analysis of Self-Help Books on MarriageThesis2009 DecemberLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Woffinden, RitchAn Organizational Communication Perspective on the University: Understanding How Individuals Constitute OrganizationsThesis2009 AugustNatalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D.
    Dewey, MatthewThe Socio-Political Formation of Contemporary Expressive Value: Implications of Value in Democratic Media ReformThesis2008 MayEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Brandt, JaclynCaptivating Distractions: Marketing Music in Consolidated MarketsThesis2008 DecemberEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Naillon, CatherineThe Deviant Spectacle: Lessons for the Field of Communication from Literature on SadomasochismThesis2008 AprilEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Bennett, MichelleCyber-Muckraking: A Critical Examination of the Rhetoric of Geoffrey Davidian’s Online Publication The Putnam Pit Using the Pentadic Analysis of Burkean DramatismThesis2007 OctoberLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Ellis, TimLeadership in the Fourth Dimension: A Comparative Analysis and Integrative Reformulation of Chaos and Complexity Research in Leadership Communication StudiesThesis2007 NovemberRick Moore, Ph.D.
    Moore, Christine LukasSex and the City: Cosmopolitans, Sexuality and Singledom – Is this Feminism?Thesis2007 MayHeidi Reeder, Ph.D.
    Dawson, MaryTransformational Leadership: “What’s Gender Got To Do With It”?Thesis2007 JulyHeidi Reeder, Ph.D.
    Barsotti, KiraFeminism(s) for the Privileged Few: (Re)Introducing Class into Feminist TheoryThesis2007 AprilEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Wolf, Carissa Alienated Newsworkers and the Audience Commodity: Toward a Marxist Theory of Audience Commodification and Alienated Journalism PracticeThesis2007 AprilEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Travis, BriannaSystematically Distorted Communication as Opposition to Freedom: The Case of Theocracy In AmericaThesis2006 OctoberEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    De Jana, KathrynThe Dominant Paradigm: Its Persistence, Consequences, and Participatory Alternatives in Development Communication StudiesThesis2006 MayEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Hicks, Manda V.Sites of Nurse Production: A Post-Structuralist ExaminationThesis2006 AprilPeter Wollheim, Ph.D.
    Sands, Tamara M.Men as Allies: An Inclusive Vision for a Feminist FutureThesis2005 NovemberEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Musanovic, EminaCommunicating Authenticity Through Ersatz Cultures: The Fabrication of Identity as Nationalist Populism in Post-Communist YugoslaviaThesis2005 MayEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Vander Boegh, Matt C.The ErinysThesis2005 MarchRobert 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 1945-2002Thesis2005 MarchRenu Dube, Ph.D.
    Woodfin, FabianaLost in Translation: Recovering the Critical in Gramsci’s Philosophy of PraxisThesis2005 JulyEd 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. SwiftThesis2005 AprilBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Kirkwood, Ann D.Stigmatic Oppression of People with Disabilities: A Three Stage Multidisciplinary Model for Attitude ChangeThesis2004 NovemberBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Ytreeide, Arnold L.Feature Film as Social InterventionThesis2004 NovemberBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Echeverria, DianaPromoting the Basque Country to an American MarketThesis2004 MayMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Hegbloom, MariaBringing the Question of Domination to Communication and the Democratic Reconstruction of Society: A Critical Appropriation of Gadamer, Dewey and HabermasThesis2004 MarchEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Widi, William JohnMajor Trends in Communication Theory in Light of Stephen Pepper’s Root MetaphorsThesis2004 MarchLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Rose, Kellie A.Ideologies Implicit in the War on Terrorism: A Rhetorical Analysis of Speeches from Opposing VoicesThesis2004 AugustSuzanne McCorkle, Ph.D.
    Hudson, Megan RaeDesign and Development of an E-Mentoring Program Literacy as Democratic ActionThesis2004 AprilBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Larios-Cowmey, Silvia J.An Autoethnographic Account of Intercultural Communication: Growing Up Mexican-American in Rural IdahoThesis2004 AprilBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Harrison, Kevin R.The Tension of Expressiveness: Reading Adorno on Behalf of the SubjectThesis2004 AprilEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Gregory, Art…And That Reminds Me of a Story: How Zamzows Defines It’s Organizational Culture Through StorytellingThesis2003 OctoberBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Catt-Oliason, PamAging Definitions Under ConstructionThesis2003 OctoberMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Winter, MikeCommunication. Meaning, and the Musical GestureThesis2003 OctoberMary Rohlfing, Ph.D.
    Johnson, Ann K.Habermas, Nietzsche, and West: Critiquing and Complementing Notions of Social Democracy Via Existential Ethics and AestheticsThesis2003 MarchEd 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, 2002Thesis2003 MarchBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    MeGee-Werner, Michelle A.Survivalism in America: A Narrative Analysis of Stories from the World Trade Center DisasterThesis2003 MarchMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Catt-Oliason, JeraldListening with Ricoeur: A Hermeneutic for Listening TheoryThesis2003 FebruaryMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Valentine, Gayle AntoinetteBetween the SilencesThesis2003 AprilMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Carlo, Joni D.Against the Pursuit of Common Meanings: Toward a Nietzchean Perspective on CommunicationThesis2002 OctoberEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Keller, Angela MarieCaring Connections, From Conventional to Post Conventional PerspectivesThesis2002 NovemberEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Zhu, HongAchieving Conversion: A Chinese Ethnography of the Boise Chinese Christian FellowshipThesis2002 NovemberRick Moore, Ph.D.
    Torrez, EveradoNARCOThesis2002 NovemberBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Etter, Jennifer AnneSusan Faludi’s Themes of Contemporary Masculinity as Offered in Stiffed: An Application of Dr. Richard Boyatzis Qualitative Thematic AnalysisThesis2002 NovemberBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Richards, PeggyAgape Light Ministries: A Communication-as-Community-Building OrganizationThesis2002 MayBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Edmundson, KimberlyEthnography of Everquest: Fehr’s Four Factor Friendship Formation Model in an Online MMORPG EnvironmentThesis2002 MayBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    DuBois, ReneA Philosophical Critique of Objectifying Conceptions of Learners: The Case of Computerizing Communication and EducationThesis2002 MayEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Alzie, Julia WilsonFace-Off: the Facework Experiences of German and American Foreign Exchange StudentsThesis2002 MayLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Graham, Jezreel J.Articulation Theory as the Politicization of Communication Theory: Toward a Framework for a Critique of Political PraxisThesis2002 MarchEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Adamson, Melanie BrookThe Subjective Meaning of Rituals in MarriageThesis2002 JulyHeidi Reeder, Ph.D.
    Owen, Lauri J.Reasonable and Necessary Force: An Autoethnographic Case Study of a Boise, Idaho Law Enforcement Agency 1990-2000Thesis2001 AprilMary 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 2000Thesis2001 AprilBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Burke, Kimberly DevereuxU.S. Air Force Public Affairs Web Site Template: Towards Two-Way Symmetrical Communication on the InternetThesis2000 NovemberBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Williams, KerenzaToward a Framework of Covert InteractionThesis2000 JulyMary Rohlfing, Ph.D.
    Klassen, Melissa R.Hidden Hurdles: Discovering Barriers for Medical Malpractice MediationThesis2000 JulyLaurel Traynowicz, Ph.D.
    Sorensen, Andrea JSubtle Sabotage: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Subversive Managerial Behaviors During Organizational TransformationThesis2000 April Ben L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Cross, Love M.Rural High School Student Culture in the Wake of a School Shooting: An EthnographyThesis2000 AprilBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Hoess, InesInvesting in the Public Sphere: A Public Service Proposal Based on the Theory of Communicative Action for Mass Communication ResearchThesis1999 DecemberEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Baird, Linda L. Transformational Paradigms and Public Participation: Developing New Structures for Public Participation in Agency Decision MakingThesis1999 AprilMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Howell, StaceeCreating A Transformational Volunteer ProgramThesis1999 AprilBen 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)Thesis1999 AprilMary Rohlfing, Ph.D.
    Drummond-Reeves, SusanHigh Performance Work Systems: An Emancipated and Empowered Approach to WorkThesis1998 MayBen L. Parker, Ph.D.
    Strong, Janet MaureenParental Use of Intentional EmbarrassmentThesis1998 JulyMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Wang, YanFoster the Right and Punish the Wrong: A Critical Analysis of a Chinese Investigative Television ProgramThesis1998 DecemberRick Moore, Ph.D.
    Pobst, James HerbertPutting the Public Back into the Public Sphere: ‘Informal Communicative Practices’ as a Community-Centric Idea of Public CommunicationThesis1998 AugustEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Mohamadzadeh, GissouSuspended in Time: Uncertainty and Change In OrganizationsThesis1998 AprilMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Ballenger, Nick J.The Organization’s Communicatively Developed Context and It’s Influence During Organizational ChangeThesis1997 JuneMarvin Cox, Ph.D.
    Bragg, Christopher GeorgeThe First Amendment and the Ideal DemocracyThesis1997 JulyRobert Rudd, Ph.D.
    McAlister, Joan FaberContaining the Critical: Media Praxis and the Journal of Communication InquiryThesis1996 AugustEd McLuskie, Ph.D.
    Littlejohns, Lori BaughSenior Managements’ Perceptions of Organizational StressThesis1994 NovemberMarvin Cox, Ph.D.

  • Testimonials

    Why did you decide to pursue an M.A. in Communication at Boise State?


    “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)


    What is something about your graduate experience that continues to resonate with you?


    “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)


    How did you develop as a scholar, critical thinker, or communication practitioner?


    “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)


    How did earning an M.A. in Communication contribute to your current success?


    “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)